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Throughout your pregnancy, you have kept track of both your prenatal health, as well as the condition and good development of the baby, however, once you have given birth, your contact with the gynecologist and the midwife will not have ended. They will carry out a follow-up and postpartum check-up to assess your state of health and solve possible complications that have arisen after delivery.
You will probably have to go between 10 and 15 days after delivery to see your midwife or gynecologist, who will carry out a control and follow-up to assess your health. Postpartum care is essential and these are the tests that you will perform.
- Exploration of the uterine fundus: to assess how you are receding and returning to your starting position before the pregnancy began
- Review of the perineum: Checking the status of the episotomy if it was performed or the surgical incision if you had a cesarean section
- Breast examination: in this postpartum check-up, your breasts will be seen to assess whether breastfeeding is being carried out correctly and to rule out possible complications
- Breastfeeding: It will give you more information and you will be able to solve all the doubts that have arisen in these first days of the baby's life. The health staff will assess if you have too much tension in the breasts or will guide you to improve the baby's posture in the feedings if you suffer from the annoying cracks.
There is usually a second medical visit after delivery, when the quarantine is over, to review your health and give you guidelines on postpartum care. On this occasion, the gynecologist or midwife will perform:
- a vaginal examination to check the height and size of the uterus to assess how you are returning to your pre-pregnancy volume and position.
- a cytology will rule out possible infections
- examination of the pelvic floor to check for the presence of urinary incontinence.
- If you continue breastfeeding, check your breasts to rule out possible complications such as mastitis.
- will inform you about contraceptive methods to be able to resume your sex life.
- Any doubts that arise will be resolved in this visit and postpartum control
- checking the episotomy status
Finally, he will ask you about your general physical condition, to be able to prescribe vitamins or some restorative if you feel too tired and without strength. The quarantine or puerperium it can cause a low hemoglobin level and therefore anemia, so you may need to continue taking an iron supplement postpartum.
In any case, you will have to go to the hospital or office before these visits if you have fever over 38º, blood loss or lochia typical of quarantine have a bad smell, the episotomy wound is hot, you have pus on your nipples or chest with a lot of tension, swelling and intense pain.
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