Your six-week postnatal check-up is one appointment you definitely shouldn't miss.
When is the postnatal check-up?
Your doctor will normally schedule a postnatal check-up four to six weeks after you have your baby. This may be earlier if you have other medical issues during the pregnancy. He will check on your physical recovery from pregnancy and delivery, see how you're doing emotionally and address other problems you may be facing.
What should I discuss with the doctor?
You may have questions about your labour and delivery, postnatal issues like breastfeeding, birth control, exercise and sex. It helps to note down beforehand the questions and issues you want to discuss.
What usually happens during the physical exam?
What else should I take note of?
Don't feel like you have to wait for your appointment date if you have any physical (heavy bleeding, worsening abdominal pains, fever, wound swelling or discharge) or emotional issues like depression. If you have any of these symptoms, make an appointment to see your obstetrician or return to the hospital as soon as possible.
By Associate Professor TAN Thiam Chye Head & Senior Consultant, Dr Janice TUNG
Senior O&G Resident, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, KK Women's and Children's Hospital
The New Art and Science of Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008, World Scientific
Healthy Start for your Pregnancy 2012, Health Promotion Board Singapore
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