Medical Care

6-week Postpartum Check-up

Your provider will want to see you about six weeks after your baby is born. You may need to see your provider earlier than six weeks if you’ve had any complications or to check your incision if you had a C-section.

Every doctor and clinic is different, but your provider will probably:

  • Check your weight, blood pressure, and temperature
  • Ask about any bleeding and discharge, incontinence (not able to hold your urine), breast pain, or perineal (bottom) pain
  • Ask how breastfeeding is going
  • Ask about your mental health – if you are feeling depressed or overwhelmed
  • Ask you about your plans for birth control
  • Let you know if itsay ok to start having sexual intercourse and to exercise
  • Do an exam of your breasts, genitals, vagina, cervix, and abdomen

 

“Interconception” Spacing Between Pregnancies

This is a critical time to think about spacing between pregnancies. Your doctor will want to know your plans for birth control, so really take some time to look at your options. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends women space their pregnancies 18 – 24 months apart. The reasons for this are:

  • So your body has time to replenish its nutritional stores
  • Less risk of complications during the pregnancy
  • Better birth outcome for baby–Click here for more information.

 

Well Baby Check-ups

During your baby’s first year of life, your baby’s pediatrician will want to see your baby on a regular basis. You will probably take between 6 and 7 trips to the doctor for well-baby visits.

  • A few days old
  • 1 month old
  • 2 months old
  • 4 months old
  • 6 months old
  • 9 months old (sometimes)
  • 1 year old

This is just the schedule for when your baby is healthy. If your child is sick, you will make more trips to see you baby’s doctor. Every doctor and clinic is different, but your baby’s pediatrician will probably:

  • Check your baby’s height, weight, head circumference, and temperature
  • Do a head-to-toe exam
  • Check your baby’s development
  • Ask about your baby’s feeding, sleeping, and how many wet/soiled diapers he has
  • Ask if your baby is sleeping on his back at night and if he is getting tummy time when he’s awake
  • Give baby immunizations (shots)

Make the most of your visits

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommend the following for making the most of your visits:

  1. Write a list of questions
  2. Write down signs and symptoms
  3. Bring a list of your medications (or bring the bottles)
  4. Be ready to give your health history