Post-delivery check ups are important for you and baby. KK Women's and Children's Hospital's O&G department shares some issues to take note of.
Post-delivery check up for you
At pregnancy week 39, you’re very close to your delivery date. Last week, we mentioned a few recovery milestones you can look forward to after delivering your baby. They include the 6 week post-delivery check-up, your uterus returning back to normal and having your hands full caring for your baby.
- Although you may not be thinking about it, topics like contraception, family planning and resuming sexual relations will be discussed during this check-up.
- Also, your doctor will be checking your wounds and running some simple blood tests to monitor the blood sugar levels of those with gestational diabetes, blood pressure to make sure that those levels have also returned to baseline.
- You may find yourself getting a pap smear at this point.
- Finally, do let your doctor know how you are coping with your moods, breastfeeding and general health.
It is wonderful having a newborn in the family, but it can be tiring too. So hang in there!
Check-ups for your baby
Immediately after birth, babies receive their vitamin K and hepatitis B preventive injections. From now on, it would be your responsibility to ensure that your baby’s vaccinations are up to date and your child is protected from certain life-threatening diseases.
The idea behind vaccinations is to provide children with the immunity against a certain disease before it has a chance to make your baby sick. Your baby will be due for its next jab in about 4 weeks’ time, so chart that on your calendar.