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The postpartum period—the 12 weeks following the birth of a child—is an important time for your health. As you recover from childbirth and learn to care for your baby, your postpartum check-ups will help make sure you are

  • healing physically, mentally, and emotionally

  • feeling good about your health and your baby’s care

  • feeling that you can ask for help if you need it

Use this checklist to keep track of the things you want to talk about with your obstetrician–gynecologist (ob-gyn).


My Postpartum Care Checklist

 

My self-care

[   ] I am not getting enough sleep and rest
[   ] I have enough support at home but would like more help
[   ] I do not have enough support at home

My health and lifestyle

[   ] I would like to learn more about healthy eating and exercise
[   ] I have questions about managing my health conditions (such as high blood pressure, diabetes)
[   ] I want to stop smoking and need help
[   ] I would like to drink less alcohol and need help
[   ] I need help with my drug use
[   ] I am concerned about keeping myself and my family safe

My bleeding

[   ] I am concerned about the amount, color, or odor of my bleeding

My incision/tear

[   ] My incision/tear has been healing well, but I have questions
[   ] I am concerned that my incision/tear is not healing well

My bladder

[   ] I have pain or other problems when emptying my bladder
[   ] I leak urine with activity or after feeling an urge to urinate

My bowel movements

[   ] I have problems moving my bowels (pain, constipation)
[   ] I have trouble holding my gas or stool

My feelings

In the past seven days, I have
[   ] felt anxious or worried for no clear reason
[   ] been sad, scared, or panicky
[   ] been so unhappy that I can’t sleep
[   ] been crying a lot
[   ] had thoughts of harming myself or my baby

My family planning

[   ] I want to talk about timing for future pregnancies
[   ] I want to talk about birth control

My sex life

[   ] I am interested in having sex but have questions
[   ] I am not interested in having sex and would like to talk about it

My breastfeeding and baby care

[   ] Breastfeeding is going well, but I have questions
[   ] I am having a hard time breastfeeding (nipple pain, problems with latching)
[   ] I have concerns about going back to work/school and maintaining my milk supply
[   ] I have questions about caring for my baby

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Published: September 2022

Last reviewed: April 2023

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This information is designed as an educational aid for the public. It offers current information and opinions related to women's health. It is not intended as a statement of the standard of care. It does not explain all of the proper treatments or methods of care. It is not a substitute for the advice of a physician. Read ACOG’s complete disclaimer.