The six-week check-up for Contraception
It is essential to have a medical check-up six weeks after the birth so that your doctor can make sure that everything is as it should be. The uterus should have returned to its normal size, shape and position (or at least be on its way to complete recovery). Urine and blood pressure tests will be done, and the muscles of the abdomen examined to see if they have regained their strength. Although the body does not return to its non-pregnant state for at least six months after delivery or three months after stopping breast feeding, the examination can establish whether there are likely to be any future problems. Most doctors advise mothers to continue taking their iron and vitamin supplements for at least three months after the birth to prevent anaemia and the effects of vitamin deficiency.