New Mom Check-Up

After birth, your newborn will be your priority, but it is also very important to take care of your own health. The postpartum check-up is one you definitely don't want to miss. Most health care providers recommend that you have a check-up 4-6 weeks after birth but your provider may want to see you sooner if you had a cesarean birth.

The postpartum visit is a time to make sure your body is recovering from pregnancy, delivery and to address any problems you may be having. During the visit, your provider will check your weight and blood pressure as well as your abdomen and breasts. They will do an exam to make sure your vagina, cervix and uterus have returned to their normal state.

You and your provider may decide to do some additional tests to follow up on any medical problems that you had during pregnancy. You can ask questions, or talk about any concerns you have about the healing process. You can ask about resuming normal activities, including eating and physical fitness. It is also a great time to get information on infant care and family planning/birth control.

Take Care of Yourself

In the weeks following your baby's birth your body will change a lot as it adjusts to not being pregnant. Taking care of your physical needs and your emotional health is important.

  • Watch for signs of problems
  • Learn how to stay healthy for life
  • Eat a healthy diet post pregnancy
  • Sign up for text4baby for free health tips during baby's 1st year
  • Learn about the signs of Postpartum Depression
  • Get routine women's health check-ups

Mother and baby up close