Six to eight weeks after the birth, i.e. at the end of the postpartum period, you will be examined again by your gynaecologist. By this time, your post-birth vaginal discharge (known as lochia) has probably dried up. The final exam will determine how well your body has recovered. But you also have the opportunity to talk about problems and difficulties and to ask important questions. Please make sure you attend this appointment to ensure you remain well protected. The result of the examination is noted on page 16 in the maternity record (Mutterpass).

Doctors usually have a detailed discussion with the people who come for this final examination. They ask about how the patient experienced the postpartum period and whether their body has recovered from birth. You should talk openly about how you are coping with the changes in your life. If you have severe mood swings or even fear you may be suffering from depression, you should voice this now at the latest. You should also talk about breastfeeding problems or other particular experiences with breastfeeding. Some patients are uncomfortable talking about certain topics. For example, many would prefer to keep quiet about the fact that they pee a little when they cough, sneeze or laugh. But this is not unusual. Your doctor will probably advise you to do regular postnatal gymnastics. The topic of contraception is also discussed. This is important because you can get pregnant again even if you are still breastfeeding your baby.

During the check-up, your doctor will check your weight, examine your urine and take blood. If you're diagnosed with an iron deficiency, you'll probably get a prescription for a medication that can help. During a vaginal examination, the doctor will then check the position and size of your uterus. They will check the condition of the vagina and inspect the cervix and perineal area. You will also have a pap smear test and your breasts will be examined closely. If you had your baby via caesarean section, your doctor will check that your scar is healing well.

After the postpartum period, you've probably somewhat recovered from childbirth. But the complete recovery takes a while. It usually takes your body about nine months to do this, which is the same length of time as your pregnancy. You can help it recover with postpartum exercises.