Postpartum Care

Postpartum Care

The last stage of care when you’re pregnant is a postpartum
check-up after you deliver your baby.

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Traditionally, we expect to see you for a checkup about 6 – 8 weeks postpartum, when you should be well healed and your uterus is back to its pre-pregnant size. For new parents that might seem like a long time. If you want to add a visit 2 – 3 weeks after birth, you are more than welcome to do so.
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Your goal for a postpartum checkup is to get all of your questions answered. All questions are welcome! We can answer questions related to birth control, breast-feeding, bleeding, incontinence, hair loss, having sex again, diet and exercise, and on and on. We love these questions because we know they’re on your mind.

We especially urge you to observe your mood and tell us about any changes. As many as 3 out of 4 women will have short periods of mood swings, tearfulness, or irritability during the first week after birth. If you’re not sleeping or are becoming increasingly upset, you should call and talk with your care provider.

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About 1 out of 10 women will develop serious depression during the first year after birth, more often in the first few months. Symptoms include:

  • Feeling like a failure as a mom
  • Feelings of panic
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fear that you’ll hurt yourself or your baby
  • Feeling guilty
  • Feelings of anxiousness and insecurity
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Crying a lot
  • Feeling like you are not normal or real anymore
  • Difficulty sleeping – you can’t sleep even when your baby is sleeping
  • Angry, feeling like you might explode
  • Feeling lonely
  • Can’t make a decision
  • Inability to concentrate or focus
  • Thinking the baby might be better off without you
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Don’t wait.
If you have any of these symptoms call us at 847-475-1224 or Northshore University’s Perinatal Family Support Hotline (866-364-6667)

It’s a 24-hour hotline answered by mental health professionals.


As many of you know Dr. Jean Ruth is leaving NSAGO to make a new beginning in the great Pacific Northwest – she and her family will move to Spokane, Washington later this month.  She has been with us for 3 ½ years and has done an incredible job working with our providers, staff, and especially, the growing patient base she has served. The patient feedback we have received, both in person and with her on-line reviews inform us that she is truly a special doctor. We will all miss Jean and wish her all the best.


E Perelman MD NSAGOThe rest of the NSAGO family will continue to accommodate and care for Dr. Ruth’s patients. Dr. Liz Perelman joined us last year and has become an integral team member and excellent care provider for our patients.  She is available to see patients at our Wilmette and Glenview locations. Likewise Drs. Goodwin, Johnson and Saleh are happy to see patients for ongoing pregnancy care and gynecology visits. New patients are also welcome so feel free to refer friends and relatives.


We are also very happy to welcome Imaan Ansari, MD, who will join NSAGO in August. Dr. Ansari grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. She attended the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and then returned to Chicago for Ob-Gyn residency training at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. We have been very happy to get to know Imaan as a kind and talented physician with superb credentials and a work ethic to match. She will assume Dr. Ruth’s schedule and will have hours in Wilmette and Glenview.