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What questions should I ask at my 6 week postpartum appointment?

Last Updated: 24th May, 2020

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The 10 questions you must ask at your 6 weeks postpartum checkup
  • Were there any issues with my delivery I should know about?
  • Is my bleeding normal?
  • What can I do for postpartum pain?
  • When can I start exercising again?
  • Is it okay for me to start having sex again?
  • How important is breastfeeding?

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Thereof, what do they do at the 6 week postpartum checkup?

Your doctor will do routine checkups, such as taking your blood pressure. He or she will also ask if you have any concerns, how you're feeding your baby, and, if you are breast-feeding, whether you've had any problems with your breasts and lactation.

Subsequently, question is, what happens if you don't wait 6 weeks after birth? If you're having intercourse while the cervix is still dilated it can increase the risk of infection.” Most of these risks can be avoided by waiting six weeks to start having penetrative sex again after giving birth, but Chanchani says it's important for women to see their obstetricians before doing so.

In this way, do you bring baby to 6 week check up?

Some new moms wonder whether they should bring their new baby to the OB appointment. If you prefer to leave baby with your partner or a grandparent, that's fine—the OB generally doesn't need to examine the little one. That said, feel free to bring baby along.

Can I skip my 6 week postpartum appointment?

The consequences of skipping your postpartum appointment can be serious: incomplete healing, an unwanted pregnancy, an overlooked infection, undiagnosed postpartum depression and more. Taking the time to keep this appointment can pay off in many ways, physically and emotionally.

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Is it normal to bleed 6 weeks after delivery?

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How do you feel after giving birth?

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What should I do after giving birth?

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  2. Put a cold pack on your perineum. Use ice wrapped in a towel.
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  4. Soak in a warm bath.
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When can I start doing exercise after giving birth?

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Do your hips stay wider after pregnancy?

Your body becomes wider
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Why do I have to wait 6 weeks after giving birth?

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How many postpartum visits are there?

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Will I be loose after having a baby?

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Can I get pregnant 2 weeks after giving birth?

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Can you get pregnant 3 weeks after having a baby?

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