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Doctor, Doctor: What to expect at your first post-baby checkup

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The first six weeks after your baby is born can pass in a blur. By then, you probably (mostly) have the hang of taking care of this new little person. But it's also important to remember to take care of yourself! Part of that self-care is making sure you keep up with your scheduled postpartum doctor appointment - it's absolutely crucial to make sure that your body is healing properly post-baby! Here's what you can expect at that first visit, and how you can prepare for it.

You'll want to be prepared with a list of questions and concerns; you might even want to consider writing them down so you don't forget to bring something up while you're at your appointment. If you're experiencing heavy bleeding, severe pelvic discomfort, incontinence or painful urination, breast pain, depression or extreme fatigue, be sure to mention those symptoms to your doctor.