Had my 6 week check up scheduled today. It was super fun, although I think I’m at a point in my life where finding a parking space, hauling children around etc., is more painful than the actual pap smear. How sad is that? I think I get to make a trip to Mr Mammogram in a couple of years, perhaps that will be more painful than parking at Kaiser.
As I was there I kind of felt like I was on one of those reality shows where you’re booted off and you get to re-live your past (with Chris Dougherty singing “Home” in the background). ALL of those visits to my OB when we weren’t pregnant and thinking that it would never happen. The lab, where I got to do all those lovely glucose tests (word on the street, they were supposed to have me do a 2 hour glucose at 6 weeks PP… but apparently they forgot about me, what a shame — might do a fasting one, if I’m in the mood). The newborn club where I gave my failed attempt at breastfeeding. I even ran over to labor and delivery to drop off a thank you card for my good nurse. I’m just so glad not to be pregnant any more, I really am. I mean, I’m not particularly fond of where my life is right now, but I know this is “only for a moment” and it’ll be over soon.
At the check-up they make you fill-out a depression questionnaire. I don’t know a single person who’s just had a baby who wouldn’t show-up on that thing.
- Do you sometimes cry?
- Do you feel tired? (HELLO, why is that even on there?)
- Do you get anxious for no reason?
The sad truth is I think almost all women get depressed after having a baby. It’s a combination of the no sleep, the lack of routine, very little contact with the outside world, etc. Anyway I think it’s smart for them to keep tabs on postpartum women, but it seemed a little overboard. I did get out a bit this weekend, and found me a couple of “projects” (aka, headbands) for me to work on. Go me.
Of course, they wanted to know what I wanted to do about birth control. About 95% of me wants to get someone’s tubes tied but I’ve never been a huge fan of the finality of that, especially since I’m only 33. Most of me has thought I’d just get an IUD, but after talking it over with my doctor I’m a little on the edge right now. She said that there’s often a lot of spotting for the first 6 months, and sometimes your period stops entirely. I am not sure. I’d love to hear from anyone who’s had one.
And so I am only disabled for 2 more days. I wish I could lay around the house and eat some bon-bons.