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Your postpartum checkup: Why it matters

Expecting a baby can be an exciting time in a woman’s life. As a new mother, you’ll need to take care of your health. Most pregnancy care focuses on the nine months before you give birth. But after-pregnancy care (also called postpartum care) is just as important.

The postpartum period lasts six to eight weeks, starting just after the baby is born. During this time, you go through many physical and emotional changes. At the same time, you’re learning to care for your newborn.

Your doctor or midwife will want to see you four to six weeks after you give birth. This visit is a chance to check on your recovery from pregnancy and delivery. It’s also a good time to see how you’re doing emotionally and address your needs going forward.

You might talk about topics such as:

  • Aches and pains left over from pregnancy and childbirth
  • How your body has changed
  • Breastfeeding
  • Birth control
  • Exercise
  • Sex
  • Work-life balance

Before you go, jot down the questions and topics you want to discuss.

You may need to see your doctor or midwife before this visit. For example, if you had a C-section, your incision needs to be checked a week or two after delivery to make sure it's healing well.

If any issues come up that need attention right away, don’t wait. Call your doctor or midwife before your scheduled visit.

If you have questions about your coverage, contact a Customer Service representative at the member number on your health plan ID card. Depending on how your doctor billed the claim, there might not be an additional charge for your postpartum visit. In some cases, you may be responsible for a deductible, copay or coinsurance.

What to do next

Make an appointment to see your doctor or midwife for a postpartum visit. Even if you feel great, you should still go to make sure you're healing well. 

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