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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.

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