Your first postpartum visit with your healthcare team is usually scheduled for six to eight weeks after your delivery, sooner if you have staples or stitches to be removed. The goal at this check-up is to make sure you’ve healed properly and that your body is well on its way back to normal. Before your appointment, it’s a good idea to put together a list of any questions that you may have, so that you remember to ask your healthcare team.
During this visit, you’ll receive a complete physical exam from your provider. At this point, six to eight weeks after having your baby, you’ll probably have dropped at least 17 to 20 pounds. Your provider will also feel your abdomen to make sure your uterus has returned to the size and shape that it was before you were pregnant.
Your provider will probably also do a vaginal exam to confirm that your cervix is on its way back to normal and that the muscles in your vagina are getting back in shape. A Pap test may be completed if you’ve not had one recently. If you had an episiotomy or tear when your baby was born, your provider will check to make sure you’ve healed well. If you had a C-section, the incision will be examined.
During this appointment, your provider will also examine your breasts, and discuss any problems that you may be having. If you’re worried about the “baby blues,” or have any other physical or emotional concerns, be sure to tell your provider.
If you’ve not already completed the HPV vaccination series and you want to be vaccinated, your next immunization can be given. During this visit, be sure to let your provider know if you’re going back to work and need a release. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions about your recovery or any other concerns you may have.