Have You Had Your Postpartum Checkup?

After a baby’s long-awaited arrival, attention shifts from the mother to the infant. But health and well-being checkups after the birth are just as important for you as they are for your baby. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend that women have a postpartum care visit 4–6 weeks after giving birth.

These visits are important as a general health follow-up and as an opportunity to address any ongoing concerns that may have come up during pregnancy.

They’re also necessary for women with increased risk for conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and postpartum depression, as well as other potential complications from childbirth.

Follow-up after gestational diabetes is particularly important; 50% of women with the condition eventually develop type 2 diabetes. Early intervention can aid in treatment and even prevention.

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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