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.

This message is not intended to provide individual medical advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have about your health or medical condition, your breastfeeding issues and your infant's health. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you have read in our emails, webpages or other electronic communications.

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