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You wonder if your recovery after giving birth is going well. You want to know what tests and when a young mother should do. You will find out from our calendar. It covers the first six months after the baby is born.

Calendar of examinations: 6 weeks postpartum

When everything goes without complications, then in the 6th weekafter deliveryyou will have a gynecological check-up. Your doctor will check your perineum and check that it has healed well. He will also examine you internally because he needs to check that the vagina is well healed and that the uterus is contracted.

Important:take your results with youblood countblood andurine tests(should be " fresh ", i.e. at most from a week ago). If necessary, the doctor will order you additional tests.

Calendar of examinations: 8th week after giving birth

Blood morphology and ESR, i.e. taking blood from a vein in the crook of the arm.Important:you must report in the morning on an empty stomach, and you shouldn't drink anything but water.

  • Correct morphology values:HCT (hematocrit): 35 - 52 percent HGB (hemoglobin): 12 - 17 g / dl RBC (red blood cells): 4 - 5.5 million in mm3 WBC (white blood cells): 4 - 9 thousand in mm cubic PLT (platelets): 140 - 400 thousand in mm cubic Valid OB values: 6 - 11 mm (after one hour)

General urine test - in the morning, after washing yourself thoroughly, you pee into a sterile container (you can buy it at the pharmacy).Important:It is best if you bring your urine sample to the lab within two hours.

  • Correct values:color - straw clarity - complete reaction - slightly acidic, i.e. pH 5 - 5.5 specific gravity - 1.016 - 1.022 g / l

In the urine, there may be single vitreous cells, white blood cells (no more than 1 - 5 in the field of view) and red blood cells (no more than 1 - 3 in the field of view), crystals of uric acid, urate and calcium oxalate (below 10).

Should not appear:

  • protein,
  • sugar,
  • bilirubin
  • urobilinogen (up to 0.1 mg).

Calendar of examinations: 6th month postpartum

It's time to get a cytology. The gynecologist takes a vaginal swab (precisely from the vaginal disc of the cervix) using a small spatula with a cotton ball or (better) a specialbrushes. The collected cells are then analyzed under a microscope and classified into one of five cytological groups.

Important:if you have already had a period after giving birth, come for a cytology test in the first week after your period. If you do not have menstruation yet - do a cytology at any time.

However, remember not to use vaginal pessaries and irrigate for the three days preceding the examination, and do not have sex the day before.

You must do it
  • Blood sugar level: blood is taken from the fingertip.Important:you should come to the test on an empty stomach (8 hours after the last meal) Correct result: 60 - 125 mg%
  • Blood pressure measurement - it is usually measured on the left forearm.Important:You should rest a quarter of an hour before the test. Normal Value: The ideal blood pressure is 120/80 mmHg. It is normal when the upper (systolic) does not exceed 139 mmHg and the lower (diastolic) is below 89 mmHg.

Tests after atypical delivery or when there were problems during pregnancy

Caesarean section- gynecological check-up after 6 weeks, blood count analysis 2 - 3 days earlier, show the results to the doctor.

Postpartum bleeding, uterine curettage- gynecological check-up after 6 weeks, blood count analysis 2 - 3 days earlier, show the results to the doctor.

Pregnancy poisoning- measuring blood pressure twice a day, weighing yourself every day to control weight loss and reduction of edema, once a week urinalysis and proteinuria check, after 6 weeks, a gynecological check-up, followed by blood count analysis 2 - 3 days before. You must show the results of the tests and measurements to the doctor.

Urinary infection in pregnancy- gynecological check-up after 6 weeks, perform a general examination and culture of urine a few days earlier, show the results to the doctor.

"After childbirth" series of the Zdrowie monthly

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