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Old 09-30-2012, 12:09 PM   #1
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6 week postpartum appointment important?

What do they do or check for at the 6 week pp appointment? Is it important, or should I just cancel it of I feel fine and don't have any concerns?

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Old 09-30-2012, 12:14 PM   #2
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They do a pap, discuss birth control and make sure everything is back to normal. You'd also get your release back to work if you need it.
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Old 09-30-2012, 12:17 PM   #3
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You should go in. They will do a vaginal exam. Make sure you are healed properly (stitches/tears healing properly, cervix closed/closing, swelling down, etc.) and do a birth control consult if you want some.

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Re: 6 week postpartum appointment important?

Mine just asked if I wanted birth control, and asked a few questions about postpartum depression. Totally useless.
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Re: 6 week postpartum appointment important?

I didn't go for my 6 week checkup with either birth. Both sections.
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Old 10-01-2012, 08:36 AM   #7
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Re: 6 week postpartum appointment important?

They don't really do much. If you're wanting a vag exam (*snort*, wanting one), or wanting to get on birth control, then it's worth going to.
I went after DD... I think I went after DS1, can't remember. I didn't go after DS2 or DS3.
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Re: 6 week postpartum appointment important?

i didnt go in since i had a up/uc. i wont this time either
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Re: 6 week postpartum appointment important?

IMO, if you didn't tear massively bad, or have stitches or complications at the birth, the 6 wk is pretty routine and not anything super special. They'll probably check your BP, ask you some questions to try to determine if you are having any PPD, check your girly bits, and ask about birth control.

My last 2 homebirths I felt the PP checkup was completely a waste of time. Esp since my MW can't prescribe any birth control, I almost always refuse the pap, and my births were all normal with no complications at all.
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I only went because I always miss my midwife!
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