CHECK IT OUT
I feel fine after having my baby, so do I still need to have a six-week check-up?
GP Dr Linda Calabresi says: The six-week check-up isn’t compulsory but it’s a good idea. At this visit, you’ll be checked for a wide range of possible conditions that can be overlooked now that all the focus has shifted to the baby. Aside from issues such as wound infection, ongoing bleeding or pain, you’ll also be assessed for less obvious problems including whether your uterus has returned to its normal size, and if any pregnancy conditions – such as high blood pressure or anaemia – have resolved. The six-week visit is also an opportunity to discuss issues relating to newborns – feeding and sleeping troubles – or evidence of anxiety or depression that you might be unaware of. Sex and contraception are also discussed and, if needed, a pap smear and breast check are carried out.