When I was pregnant, all of my focus was on childbirth and the health of my baby. I didn't ask questions about what would happen afterwards, though. So, after my baby was born and I was being discharged from the hospital, I was handed an appointment card with a date and time written on it. I'm pretty sure I lost that card before we even got home, and didn't think about it until I (thankfully) received a reminder call. In other words, there were so many things I wasn't prepared for at my first postpartum checkup.
For starters, I didn't know how freaking hard it would be to leave the house with a newborn and, as a person who previously had always been on time for everything, it was super embarrassing to be late for my appointment. Then, in the doctor's office, I was told me to undress. Yeah, that caught me off-guard. Turns out my postpartum visit was also going to be my annual reproductive health exam. Ugh. I also wasn't prepared for the emotional stuff, like talking about my mental health or my struggles with breastfeeding. It was seriously difficult and exhausting, but it was also so necessary for me to get the help that I needed.
There were good parts, too. Well, as good as parts of a medical exam can be. At two of my postpartum appointments, I was able to access the birth control I wanted. I was also screened for postpartum depression and other health conditions and, as a result, received necessary medical treatment. Score. My first postpartum appointment turned out to be surprisingly important for my health and wellbeing, but I was so not prepared for so many things.