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Postpartum visit: New moms need checkups too

Member news | Wednesday, March 4, 2020

As a brand-new mom, you may be busier than you’ve ever been. You’re tending to your baby around the clock.

At the same time, your body is still healing from the hard work of giving birth. So be sure to tend to your own needs too.

Eating well and resting are now more important than ever. So is seeing your doctor for a checkup.

A must-have visit.

You’ll need a postpartum checkup about four to six weeks after giving birth. If you had a cesarean section, you may need to see your doctor earlier—about two weeks after the surgery.

Either way, this is a chance for your doctor to:

  • Be sure you’re recovering well from giving birth.
  • See if you can get back to normal activities.

Your turn to talk.

This is also your chance to bring up any concerns you might have about your recovery and how your body is feeling. You can ask your doctor about:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Birth control
  • Weight loss
  • Your diet and staying fit
  • Your feelings

Feeling low?

Some women become depressed after having a baby. This can happen to any mom. It’s nothing to feel embarrassed about.

If you feel sad, tell your doctor. He or she can help you feel like yourself again.

You can talk to your doctor about anything.