If you've recently had a baby, it's time to plan for your postpartum visit. If you're like most new parents, you don't think much about that appointment. But, you should. There are a lot of things to discuss during your postpartum appointment. Your body went through a lot of changes during labour and delivery. That's why the postpartum appointment is so important. If you're not sure what to discuss with an obstetrician (OB), read the list provided below. Here are five issues you should bring up with your doctor during your postpartum visit.
If you've recently given birth, there's a chance you'll develop postpartum depression. It's not uncommon to develop the blues after delivery. But, some new parents experience depression after delivery. Unfortunately, not all new parents discuss the issue with their OB. It's important that you add this to your list of topics. Some symptoms to watch for include uncontrollable crying, sadness and anxiety. If you have thoughts of self-harm, seek help right away.
After you give birth, you can expect some bleeding during the postpartum period. This discharge is called lochia. Lochia will change throughout your postpartum period. In fact, it could go from light to heavy a couple of times. But, if there are significant changes, you need to talk to your OB about them. Some changes include passing large blood clots or developing a foul-smelling lochia.
Now that you've had a baby, you might want to get back to your normal routine as soon as possible. If this routine includes exercise, it's time to talk to your OB. After you have a baby, you should give your body time to heal. If you've had a C-Section, you should wait longer before resuming your normal physical routine. To make sure you're not overdoing it, talk to your OB before resuming your exercise routine.
When it comes to postpartum issues, vaginal dryness should be at the top of the list. This is especially true if you're breastfeeding. Changes in hormones can cause vaginal dryness. One way to take care of the dryness is to use a water-based personal lubricant. If that doesn't solve the problem, you should talk to your OB during your postpartum appointment.
If you're getting ready for your postpartum appointment, don't forget to add birth control to your list. Birth control is an important topic after having a baby. There are a lot of birth control options you can choose from. Your OB can help you choose a birth control method that's right for you.