Your new baby may be the center of your world, but it is extremely important not to forget to take care of yourself! In an emergency they always tell you to be sure you are safe before assisting others. The same is true when you have a baby. An important part of self-care is the six week postpartum appointment.
This visit occurs with your healthcare provider about a month and a half after your baby is born. During this visit, your doctor will cover important topics to make sure you're recovering well from birth. It is also a time for you to ask questions that may help you adjust to your life with a new baby. This visit will cover a lot of topics including your physical health, emotions, sexual health and family planning, weight, nutrition, exercise, referrals and follow up, paperwork, breastfeeding and newborn concerns.
This checklist was created to remind you of important things to talk to your doctor about during this visit. You can download it below and take it with you to the appointment or bookmark this page on your phone so you can access it electronically during your visit.
This checklist was created by the South Los Angeles Health Projects/Los Angeles BioMed Women Infants and Children Program and is availabe in English and Spanish.