post·​par·​tum | \ ˌpōs(t)-ˈpär-təm How to pronounce postpartum (audio) \

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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Examples of postpartum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And after Mia was born in Dec. 2017, Skye suffered from postpartum depression. Julie Mazziotta,, "Fitness Influencer Emily Skye Is Expecting Baby No. 2!: ‘It’s Been So Hard Hiding My Belly’," 2 Jan. 2020 Alanis Morissette is sharing her nearly decade-long experience with postpartum depression. CBS News, ""Horrifying" images: Alanis Morissette opens up about her postpartum depression," 22 Oct. 2019 The median charge for a C-section tubal is $515; a postpartum tubal is $1,390. Washington Post, "Wisconsin’s Catholic hospitals limit reproductive procedures," 21 Dec. 2019 Now, Itsines is opening up about one of the more difficult parts of her postpartum journey: Hitting the gym for the first time after her caesarian section—just six weeks after her daughter, Arna Leia Pearce, was born. Maggie O'neill,, "Kayla Itsines Was 'Devastated' the First Time She Exercised After Giving Birth," 26 Nov. 2019 Alabama Medicaid, which covers about half of all births in the state, has made postpartum LARC access a priority. Anna Claire Vollers |, al, "Don’t want to get pregnant? Alabama’s here for you," 5 Nov. 2019 Timely follow-up appointments ensure that new parents are getting their health needs met, which will ideally help reduce deaths from postpartum issues like high blood pressure, stroke, and infection. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "8 Ways We Can Actually Reduce Black Maternal Mortality," 31 Oct. 2019 But administering a depression and anxiety questionnaire to a pregnant or postpartum woman—and doing it well—is not as simple as reading a list of questions off of a sheet paper. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "Ten questions about mothers’ mental health could promote resilient pregnancies," 3 Dec. 2019 In 2017, the actress opened up about her battle with postpartum depression in an emotional Instagram post, explaining how the disease impacted her daily life. Christina Oehler,, "Sarah Michelle Gellar on How She Keeps Herself Motivated Every Day," 27 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of postpartum was in 1846

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8 Jan 2020

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“Postpartum.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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 How to pronounce postpartum (audio) \

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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