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Your Postpartum Checkup

A postpartum checkup is scheduled between 2 and 6 weeks after delivery, depending on the circumstances of the birth. Don't skip this appointment! It's the last part of a complete prenatal-care program. It is just as important as seeing your healthcare provider during pregnancy.
You will have a physical exam, similar to the one at your first prenatal exam. Your doctor will also do an internal (pelvic) exam. It's done to determine if your uterus is returning to its prepregnant size and position, which normally takes about 6 weeks. If there are any problems, they can be taken care of at this time. If you had any birth tears or incisions, you will be examined to see how they are healing. This is a good time to discuss birth control, if you haven't already made plans.
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