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A quick guide to postpartum!

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Six-week postpartum checkup is important! If you haven’t already, schedule your six-week postpartum checkup with your provider. Your postpartum visit provides an opportunity to assess how your body is healing and discuss any concerns you have. Also, you can finalize your family planning (birth control/choice) options, and help ensure you’re healthy! Taking care of yourself is the first step to caring for your baby.

Plan your family size! Did you know? It’s best to wait at least 18 months after giving birth before getting pregnant again. Having babies close together increases the risk of pregnancy complications and delivering preterm (birth before 37 weeks). Preterm birth is the leading cause of infant death in the U.S. before baby’s first birthday. Your postpartum checkup is a great time to finalize your family planning (birth control/choice) options.

Mental health & wellbeing. Sometimes, new mothers do not feel well after they deliver. That’s okay! It’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression. It’s okay to ask for help! Your partner, friends, family, and support network should also be aware of the following signs, so they can help if needed.

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