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Postnatal check

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When your baby is 6-8 weeks old, you should have a postnatal check. This is often done by the GP, but may also be done at the hospital. If you GP is doing the check, they will usually arrange for your baby’s 6 week check to be done at the same time.

Mum’s post natal check

The 6 week check provides an opportunity to discuss any worries or concerns you may have. At the appointment, your doctor may discuss some of the following issues with you:

  • Whether you have still got any vaginal discharge and whether you have had a period yet

  • Whether you have any concerns about the healing of any tears or cuts or stitches that you may have had during labour

  • Contraception

  • Smear tests if you have not had one in the last 3 years. Often these are delayed until 3 months after delivery

  • How you are feeling in yourself. If you are feeling tired, low or depressed, you should discuss this with your doctor or health visitor

  • If you are not immune to rubella and were not immunized before you left hospital, your doctor will offer you the vaccine. You should not become pregnant for one month after having this immunization.

Your doctor may recommend that you have some of the following tests/ examinations:

  • Weight

  • Blood pressure

  • Urine test to check for signs of infection

  • Breast examination

  • Examination of any tears, cuts or stitches that you may have had during labour- particularly if you have any concerns about these

Baby’s 6-8 week check

When your baby is 6-8 weeks old, they should be checked by your doctor or health visitor. This review provides the opportunity for you to talk to your doctor or health visitor about your baby’s growth and development and to discuss any worries or concerns you may have.

Your doctor or health visitor will also examine your baby to make sure he or she is healthy. They may also give you information and advice on some of the following:

  • Breast feeding

  • Immunisation

  • The dangers of smoking around your baby

  • Reducing the risk of cot death

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