Your obstetrician will usually schedule a check up 6 weeks following the delivery of your baby whether you had a vaginal or caesarian birth. However, if you have any problems such as excessive bleeding or problems with your breasts, or any other physical complaint, he'll want to see you sooner. Also call your doctor if you're experiencing extreme moodiness, depression or disinterest in your baby.

Why it's important: In addition to checking on your physical health, your doctor will assess your mental and emotional state. Approximately 15-30% of women experience postpartum depression, so we want to screen you for that.

What's done: Your doctor will check your blood pressure and pulse and perform a physical exam. He will also likely do the following:

Check your thyroid gland for any unusual swelling. (Thyroid disease is fairly common in postpartum women.)
If you're nursing, examine your breasts for clogged ducts or the beginning of mastitis.
Palpate your abdomen to make sure your uterus has contracted back to its normal size.
Check any incision (C-section or episiotomy) you may have had to ensure proper healing.
Discuss birth-control options.
Remember... Your emotional health is as important as your physical health, and the newborn period can be difficult. Your doctor was there to see you through your entire pregnancy, and he's there to help you through the transition to motherhood. This is a special opportunity to ensure you're getting everything you need, both physically and emotionally. It's important that you enjoy this time with your new baby that you've worked so hard to achieve.