The weeks after the birth of your baby are referred to as the postnatal period.
Your postnatal care is very important, in the first few weeks after birth your body will go through many changes as your body adjusts and you recover from your birth.
The birth of your baby can be a big change both physically, emotionally and mentally, your postnatal care should not be ignored.
After allowing a few weeks to settle in with your baby and rest, it’s recommended to have a 6 week postnatal check-up.
What happens at a six-week postnatal check?
During your 6 week post-natal check-up, your doctor will talk with you about how you are feeling and discuss any issues you need more information about.
Your appointment will also include:
- Blood pressure check
- Physical review of incision/scar
- Pelvic exam
- Breast exam
- Check of your baby
This is a great time to have a general discussion about your mental health and wellbeing and how you are feeling day-to-day. If you think you might need extra support, mention this to your doctor, they are there to help you. You might have more questions about looking after yourself and your baby, your doctor is happy to help with these questions.
What should I bring to the 6 week postnatal check?
Bring along your baby health record (green book) and any relevant documentation including discharge summaries from the hospital you gave birth at. If you have a list of questions, you can write them down and bring the list with you too.
Do I need to go to my GP for my 6 week postnatal check?
It’s recommended that all women have a check 6 weeks after the delivery of their baby. This can be conducted by your GP, your midwife, or your private obstetrician.
At Albert Road General Practice, our doctors provide postnatal care for all patients and can conduct your 6-week postnatal check. Dr Michelle Wellington is a female women’s health GP, seeing many patients for pregnancy and birth-related appointments.
Book your appointment with one of our doctors today.