At Arizona OBGYN Affiliates, we do more than you think! From birth control and breastfeeding services, to labor and delivery services, to Well Woman Care, we take care of all of your needs, including post-delivery services. While every appointment leading up to the labor and delivery is crucial, so are the post-delivery appointments. Let’s take a look at why you need postpartum checkups.
6 Week Visit
Six weeks after you give birth, we’ll want to see you back for the ‘6 Week Checkup.’ This postpartum checkup is extremely important to determine how well you’re recovering after delivery or surgery. Labor and delivery can take both an emotional toll and a physical toll on the body, so it’s important to come in and see us so that we see how the physical recovery is coming along, as well as the emotional recovery.
If you’ve had a C-Section, we’ll want to see you a week or two after delivery just to make sure things are healing up nicely at the incision site. If you had a vaginal birth, we’ll see you six weeks after delivery.
At this exam, you will receive a pelvic exam, breast exam, and might possibly run some blood work to check for anemia. This is the perfect time to talk to us about any pain or discomfort you are feeling, all of which are more than likely perfectly normal. We’ll also discuss any questions that you might have regarding your labor and delivery, as well as postpartum issues such as breastfeeding, birth control and activity restrictions.
Labor and Delivery Questions
This is the perfect time to ask any of those burning questions that still remain after your baby is born. Maybe there are some techniques that you didn’t quite understand at the time and would like clarification on. Perhaps you’re interested in the possibilities of having a vaginal birth after a C-Section. There are a myriad of questions that might be swirling around in your head after everything has calmed down, so don’t be afraid to write them down and come in with a list. We’re always happy to set your mind at ease.
We also want to make absolutely sure that you’re feeling at ease with your emotional health. This includes discussion how well you’re sleeping, eating and taking care of yourself. Are you getting help with the new addition? Are you able to take naps? We want to make sure that postpartum depression is not an issue, and if it is we will deal with it together.
At your 6 week appointment, many times you’ll be keenly interested in what you’re allowed and not allowed to do. We will discuss this in great detail, including how much weight you are able to lift now, how much work you can take on, and if you are ready for sex or not. Based on your recovery, we will make these determinations together.
Your 6 week appointment is the next step in the process of labor and delivery recovery. Don’t stress about getting to your appointment directly on the 6 week mark, but we’ll try to make it around that time. If you haven’t made your 6 week appointment yet, or need to reschedule, please contact us today.