6 Week Postpartum Check-Up

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I’m not sure if all obs/hospitals work this way but when I had Tess they told me at the hospital to make sure I scheduled my 6 week postpartum visit. 1st baby? I’m sure I booked it within a week of being home. 2nd baby? I probably wrote a reminder to myself to call and made sure to do it soon. 3rd baby? I totally and completely forgot to even remind myself to call πŸ˜‰ 

I think I finally made the appointment when Tess was 4 weeks old. I ended up having to reschedule due to Zach being gone and me having thrush! So I rescheduled and totally didn’t think about the fact that Britt is home on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I took the only appointment they had and it was on a Thursday morning (the day Tess turned 7 weeks old) and was with a nurse practitioner, not even a midwife. 

I was interested to see how everything would go with having both girls with me! After being without the big kids to deal with the thrush, I was ready and eager for the challenge of the two kids out and about!

Tess went down for her first nap in the car seat and we headed out πŸ™‚ 

Thankfully it was a very short wait. I brought along a notepad for Britt and she was perfectly content taking notes! 

The nurse practitioner I saw was great! Of course I missed Stacy but she was busy at home with her new baby too πŸ˜‰ 

First off she went ahead and did the check. I was concerned about Britt being in the room for that! But Britt stayed near my head and was fine and the nurse was super fast. She said everything was back to normal! I wish the rest of my body recovered that quickly πŸ™‚

The “big item” for discussion at the 6 week visit is the clearance question…good to go to do the deed?!?! She talked to me about nursing and intercourse and how important it is to use lubrication as nursing tends to cause dryness (she recommended Astro Glide in case anyone is reading this and wanting to know what to use!) 

We spent most of our time talking about thrush and yeast. So fun πŸ˜‰ I showed her my left nipple (my “bad nipple”) and she couldn’t BELIEVE I am nursing on that beast! She said it was so, so bad and that I needed to stop nursing and just exclusively pump and to put plain A&D Ointment on it to help it heal. I didn’t follow either piece of advice haha. I am NOT willing to exclusively pump. So I just kept on nursing her through the pain of that breast.

We also talked about my body’s tendency to get yeast and how I could prevent it from happening. She had some GREAT tips I’d never heard before! She recommended to always wear WHITE cotton panties because the dye in the colored panties couldn’t be causing me to build up yeast. RANDOM! She also said to always wash with plain Dove soap as it helps to keep that balance. 

I didn’t have any other questions and was more eager to get out of there to get home in time to nurse Tess by her 10:00 feeding. Britt did AWESOME and behaved SO well. She even got a sucker at the end! And Tess was an angel baby and slept the whole time for me πŸ™‚ 

Britt loves to make crazy faces haha 

Only normal smile I could get from her πŸ˜‰

Sweet baby girl!

Glad for a good appointment…I BETTER see the scale looking greatly improved the next time I visit the OB (next year!) I’m so glad to be done with that place for awhile! 

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6 Week Postpartum Check Up

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Today was my 6 week postpartum check-up! It was good to see Stacy as I haven’t seen her since my 38 week pregnancy check up! What feels like a MILLION years ago!

Zach and Kye both went with me and it was good to have them there…I can’t STAND yearly exams and that’s basically what this was, just a little more involved than the typical yearly. It does count for this years exam though so that’s awesome πŸ™‚

They had to prick my finger which I HATE but they have a new way of doing it that really wasn’t too painful. They also had me pee in a cup, my last time for a loooong time which is nice! It’s funny b/c things have obviously changed “down there.” I’m usually a pro at making the cup no problem but this time it took me ages to figure out how to place it to catch the pee haha. They also weighed me, which I was dreading. I think I’m really looking pretty good but the scale is so mean! I really need to quit looking..it said I still have 20 lb to lose! Ugh! I swear I don’t LOOK 20 lbs heavier…I think these DD’s are weighing me down literally.

I have failed to mention this sooner but I’m now 100% positive that I’ve already had a period! Most things I read say breastfeeding mothers don’t get their periods again for up to 6 months. Of course, lucky me, I got mine 5 weeks postpartum! That means I can get pregnant again!!! Ugh…birth control we here come! Stacy gave me one that is progesterone only (no estrogen) so it’s safe to take while nursing and I plan to start it this Sunday.

She did an exam, which was pretty uncomfortable since it’s been untraveled territory since Kye was born! She said I healed really well which was good to hear (I haven’t looked down there and don’t plan on it). She also okayed Zach “making deposits” again haha

I asked her about some problems I’ve been having going #2 and she said she’d be checking my butt during the exam!!! Ugh…gross!!!
I HAD to warn ANY pregnant women about this! I think it’s pretty routine but especially since I had a grade 4 rip situation she had to do an EXAM up my BUTT-HOLE. I was pretty much freaking out but when she did actually did it it wasn’t SO horrible. Just embarrassing! I mean dang I would NEVER want her job!!!!

More than anything else we talked Babywise. Turns out she does it too and it was SO nice to talk to another type-a personality who is totally by the book. She gave me so much helpful advice! She said that I MUST keep him awake for “wake time” no matter what. Our problem has been his reflux and the dr. told us to hold him upright for 30 min after he eats…well duh he falls asleep during that 30 min. THEN I have him have wake time THEN put him to bed, well of course he’s not going to want to sleep after he has already slept! She said even if I have to get him naked or rub a cool cloth on him KEEP HIM AWAKE until about 2 hours before his next feeding time.

When I got home I decided I don’t have to HOLD him upright the whole time…I can do other things! So I fed him, held him up to burp him then put him in his swing for the rest of his “held-upright” time. And he stayed awake! Then I changed him and played with him and put him down 2 hours before the next feeding time and so far it’s been his best nap yet!

Other tips she gave me for putting him to sleep included going back to swaddling him at every nap and nighttime and changing his pacifier. I had some NUKs at the house and she said that’s what she uses and they are just as “good” as the soothie kind but stay in So much better (and duh they are cuter!). So I pulled that thing out and it’s working a lot better…here is my poor looking son but hey he’s sleeping!

It was good for Zach to hear her Babywise advice as well! Zach wants to hold Kye until he falls asleep and then put him down. Stacy said it’s a big Babywise no-no and that she’ll hold her son until his eyes get heavy then put him down and let HIM put himself to sleep. I agree with this and she also said when he wakes up she will run in there (and not really do cry it out) to put in his paci but she doesn’t pick him up unless he’s been crying non-stop for 10 min. She will stand over his crib and say “shhhhh” or rub his back but won’t pick him up. She said the reason for this is that if you pick him up every time he’ll start to learn that when he cries he gets picked up so he’ll cry more often. You know me, if it works for someone then I’ll try it!

We discussed the importance of a nighttime ritual as well and she said she will feed her son, then bathe him, then read to him and he knows this routine. I know baby’s LOVE routine and it helps them be more content to know what is coming next. We already bathe him before bedtime, but I really like the idea of incorporating story time into that as well. She says that often her son will start to fall asleep during the story which makes putting him down even easier!

Her son was sleeping through the night by 8 weeks (I think that’s what she said). I asked her about my schedule and she did the 7 am start too (for those of you starting Babywise your morning time is the MOST important one of the day…do not vary from it ever!) and said she NEVER set an alarm to wake up for the midnight feeding so I’m not going to anymore. She said pretty soon he’ll drop that feeding and eventually I’ll be spreading him out to eating every 4 hours. Her son was born in September (I am not a stalker haha I only know his bday b/c it’s the same day as my brothers) and is sleeping 12 hours solid at night already! Sounds like she is a good person to take advice from πŸ™‚

I think a tough thing for me with his napping is that he wakes up BEFORE it’s time to eat. She said when that happens (Babywise said he should be sleeping until it’s time to wake up) that I didn’t play with him enough (which makes sense since he was sleeping during his being held upright time) and that I just need to adjust it. For example, I put him down at 3:30 and he’s bawling wanting to get up and it’s only 4:45…not supposed to eat until 5:30. Guess I’ll keep holding that paci in and trying to get him to fall back to sleep! The joys of motherhood πŸ™‚

I did talk to her a little bit about my weight and she said it looks good and that I shouldn’t worry about it AT ALL right now. Breastfeeding will take it all off (my question is…when?!?). She said I shouldn’t diet at all and that exercise is okay but not too much of it. So I’m probably going to start up my walks again (I stopped when I had some bad pain in my lower stomach and everything I googled said it was from doing too much too soon) and probably go 45 min to an hour per day instead of 30. We’ll see if it helps!

It felt super good to leave there and know that I won’t be back until next year for my check-up! Amen to no more OBGYN visits πŸ™‚ Now I REALLY don’t feel pregnant anymore!!!

journeyofphood

Hey Guys, I’m Emily! I’m a stay at home mom and consider parenting to be my passion. Disney is my happy place and I love making memories as a family together. I’m a big believer in transparency and share all of my real-life moments as a mother of four.

My work has been featured on Today Parenting and Chronicles of a Babywise Mom. I’m also honored to be a member of the Babywise Friendly Blog Network.

You can read more about our family on my About Me page. Also be sure to follow along with me on Instagram, FacebookΒ and Pinterest!

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