Your six-week postnatal check-up is one appointment you definitely shouldn't miss
By Dr Janice TUNG,
Associate Consultant and Associate Professor Tan Thiam Chye, Visiting Consultant, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, KK Women's and Children's Hospital
When is The Postnatal Check-up?
Your doctor will normally schedule a postnatal check-up four to six weeks after you have your baby. This may be earlier if you have other medical issues during the pregnancy. He will check on your physical recovery from pregnancy and delivery, see how you're doing emotionally and address other problems you may be facing.
Related: Guide 4: Managing Your Postnatal Emotions
You may have questions about your labour and delivery, postnatal issues like breastfeeding, birth control, exercise and sex. It helps to note down beforehand the questions and issues you want to discuss.
Related: All You Need to Know About Postnatal Psychosis
Don't feel like you have to wait for your appointment date if you have any physical (heavy bleeding, worsening abdominal pains, fever, wound swelling or discharge) or emotional issues like depression. If you have any of these symptoms, make an appointment to see your obstetrician or return to the hospital as soon as possible.
Copyright © 2016 HealthHub.sg. All rights reserved.
Visit Parent Hub, for more useful tips and guides to give your baby a healthy start.
Download the HealthHub app on
Google Play or
Apple Store to access more health and wellness advice at your fingertips.
Read these next
The New Art and Science of Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008, World Scientific
Healthy Start for your Pregnancy 2012, Health Promotion Board Singapore
This article was last reviewed on
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
The Importance of Sleep
Impact of Haze on health
Interesting Beliefs About Sneezing
Did You Know BMI Isn’t The Same For Adults And Kids?
Feeding Your Baby Solid Food: Baby's First Food Journey
Health Screening for Primary School
View More Programmes
Practise the 5 F.I.G.H.T. steps to protect those you love from the flu and other infectious diseases.
The Health Promotion Board (HPB) conducts annual school health visits to provide free health screening and immunisation services. HPB also conducts health education and health promotion programmes on lifestyle practices. HPB’s Student Health Centre, which generally provides preventive and screening services, follows up children referred from the school visits above.
Stay smoke-free for 28 days and you're 5 times more likely to quit for good.
Browse Live Healthy
In partnership with