post·​par·​tum | \ˌpōs(t)-ˈpär-təm \

Definition of postpartum 

1 : occurring in or being the period following childbirth postpartum depression

2 : being in or used in the postpartum period postpartum mothers

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When famous people talk about their postpartum depression (PPD), the world pays attention. Claire Gillespie, SELF, "Serena Williams Explains Why She Doesn't Use the Term 'Postpartum Depression'," 3 Oct. 2018 Having previously spoken candidly and admirably about her experiences with postpartum depression in her first pregnancy, Chrissy has revealed her own secret to helping avoid the disorder the second time around. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen Thinks Eating Her Placenta Helped Avoid Postpartum Depression With Her Second Baby," 14 Sep. 2018 Chrissy Teigen took it a step further and wrote a personal essay in 2017 about her struggle with postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter Luna. Patricia Garcia, Vogue, "Serena Williams Continues to Break New-Mom Stereotypes on Instagram," 7 Aug. 2018 The bill also bans the shackling of pregnant and postpartum women, and requires prisoners be held within 500 driving miles of their families. Britni Danielle, Glamour, "Alice Johnson Is Free, But Is the Trump Administration Actually Committed to Criminal Justice Reform?," 19 June 2018 Despite being a common illness with profound negative effects, most depression among pregnant and postpartum women goes unrecognized and untreated. Nancy Byatt,, "Depression affects one in 7 pregnant women. Why isn't there more help for them?," 8 June 2018 Ingram pointed to some of the community benefits of getting help for pregnant or postpartum women: fewer children in the foster care system, fewer women in jails and prisons, babies born healthier and needing less time in the hospital. Allison Ross, The Courier-Journal, "As drug epidemic sweeps Louisville, pregnant moms get help they need," 14 June 2018 There’s a lot of misconception out there about whether dads can get postpartum depression... Taylor Seely, USA TODAY, "Adam and Danielle Busby from TLC's 'Outdaughtered' share parenting tips, talk Season 3," 6 July 2018 Maienschein’s other bill would direct the state to tap into a new federal pot of money set aside for postpartum programs and awareness campaigns. April Dembosky, Washington Post, "Nurse Calls Cops After New Mom Seeks Help For Depression. Right Call?," 7 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of postpartum

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for postpartum

from the Latin phrase post partum "after childbirth," from post "after" + partum, accusative of partus "act of giving birth, childbirth," from parere "to give birth to, bring into being" + -tus, suffix of verbal nouns — more at post-, parturient entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of postpartum

medical : relating to or happening in the period of time following the birth of a child


post·​par·​tum | \(ˈ)pōst-ˈpärt-əm \

Medical Definition of postpartum 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : occurring in or being the period following childbirth postpartum depression

2 : being in or used in the postpartum period postpartum mothers postpartum hospital rooms



Medical Definition of postpartum (Entry 2 of 2)

: after childbirth a blood sample taken 14 days postpartum an infection occurred three weeks postpartum

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