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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Opening up about the multitude of ways that having children has transformed her life, the 31-year-old supermodel is pulling back the curtains on her battle with postpartum depression in a new essay. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Supermodel Behati Prinsloo Opens Up About Suffering from Postpartum Depression," 20 June 2019 That includes postpartum depression, which can last a year after a woman gives birth. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "There's a new drug for postpartum depression, but wait till you see the price tag," 20 June 2019 Jayapal developed postpartum depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Anna North, Vox, "Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s story counters misconceptions about who gets abortions," 14 June 2019 As troubling as postpartum complications like mine are, the risks associated with premature delivery mean expecting mothers dealing with severe gallstone pain face a doubly hard situation. Kate Wehr, Good Housekeeping, "Gallstones Are the Pregnancy Complication No One Warned Me About," 18 Apr. 2019 The Cut spoke to a first-time mom about her experience of postpartum psychosis. Alexa Tsoulis-reay, The Cut, "I Was Convinced I Might Kill My Child," 31 May 2018 The symptoms of postpartum psychosis are pretty different from those of postpartum depression, Dr. Ackerman says., "What Tully Gets Wrong About Postpartum Depression," 4 May 2018 Paola, meanwhile, revealed that she's been suffering from postpartum depression. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "What '90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After?' Stars Paola and Russ Are Actually Like Off Camera," 27 Apr. 2019 With her third child, Prince Louis, who was born on April 23, 2018, Kate's first postpartum appearance was at Harry and Meghan’s wedding on May 19, but that was not an official appearance, rather, a family event. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "How Will Meghan Markle's Maternity Leave Compare with Queen Elizabeth's?," 14 Apr. 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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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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