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Physical recovery after birth

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Six week postnatal check-up

What can you expect at your six week postnatal check-up? Find out more about the checks you will receive post pregnancy to see if you are recovering well after giving birth.

Bleeding after birth guide: What to expect

Some bleeding after birth is completely normal. Here we outline what typically happens in terms of blood loss in the weeks after giving birth, including the passing of clots.

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Maternity care medical records: Getting access

Find out how you can get access to your medical records and maternity notes, covering the care you received during pregnancy, birth and postnatally and how much it will cost.

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Postnatal fitness: when can you start exercise after birth?

Learn about postnatal exercise including when you can start exercise after pregnancy with examples of safe, low impact ways of maintaining fitness after giving birth.

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Episiotomy or tear during childbirth

Having an episiotomy or suffering a tear during childbirth is common. Find out what the difference is between the two as well as the types of episiotomy and tears you might experience.

Incontinence in pregnancy and after childbirth

We discuss urinary incontinence in women including causes of incontinence and treatment for stress incontinence.

New year, same old resolutions?

The new year is often a time for resolutions and positive plans for the year ahead. Here we provide some suggestions for things to think about over the coming months.

Your body after birth

You may feel you don’t recognise your post pregnancy body. Read about changes in your body after birth and how to deal with common problems.

Sex after having a baby

Here we look at how you can get back to the sex life you want after birth while feeling comfortable and confident.

Choosing contraception after giving birth

After you’ve had a baby, you may be considering contraception. This article offers information about options for contraception after birth.

Explaining bleeding after giving birth (lochia)

After you’ve given birth, you will continue to lose some blood, which usually lasts for two-to-six weeks. This article discusses why and what factors might affect your blood loss.

Bleeding after birth: concerns

Blood loss after giving birth is normal. For some women, the blood loss may be heavier, smelly or they may pass clots. Read about heavy bleeding after birth and more.