postpartum

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

Definition of postpartum

1 : occurring in or being the period following childbirth a postpartum hemorrhage postpartum care — see also postpartum blues, postpartum depression
2 : being in or used in the postpartum period postpartum mothers

Other Words from postpartum

postpartum adverb
an infection occurring three weeks postpartum

Examples of postpartum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As outlined by American Progress, the same concern is not extended to those who need postpartum mental health assistance, health care, affordable child care and paid family leave. Brooklyn White, Essence, 2 May 2022 Doulas provide nonclinical care to pregnant and postpartum individuals. Katie Lobosco And Tami Luhby, CNN, 7 Dec. 2021 This cover image celebrates pregnant and postpartum bodies as something beautiful, to be admired. Vanessa Etienne, PEOPLE.com, 27 Aug. 2021 This cover image celebrates pregnant and postpartum bodies as something beautiful, to be admired. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 19 July 2021 As outlined by American Progress, the same concern is not extended to those who need postpartum mental health assistance, health care, unproblematic child care and helpful family leave. Brooklyn White, Essence, 1 Sep. 2021 This cover image celebrates pregnant and postpartum bodies as something beautiful, to be admired. Vanessa Etienne, PEOPLE.com, 27 Aug. 2021 This cover image celebrates pregnant and postpartum bodies as something beautiful, to be admired. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 19 July 2021 This cover image celebrates pregnant and postpartum bodies as something beautiful, to be admired. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 19 July 2021 See More

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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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10 May 2022

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“Postpartum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/postpartum. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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postpartum

adjective
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 a postpartum hemorrhage postpartum care — see also postpartum blues, postpartum depression
2 : being in or used in the postpartum period postpartum mothers postpartum hospital rooms

postpartum

adverb

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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