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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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 Mommywise coaches have experience as postpartum doulas and training in newborn care, says founder Natalie Nevares. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "Exhausted New Parents Turn to Sleep Coaches for Their Babies," 28 Aug. 2018 The doctor told me to return to see her in six weeks—the standard level of care for most postpartum mothers. Frances F. Denny, Harper's BAZAAR, "What People Don’t Tell You About Childbirth: The Realities of Vaginal Tearing," 16 July 2018 Chrouch recalls a case of a mother with postpartum psychosis who began to break things in the home., "New Moms & Night Nurses: Why Is No One Talking About The Privilege Seen In Tully?," 9 May 2018 After Anna’s birth, Maggie had developed postpartum psychosis, an extreme form of postpartum depression. Lisa Scottoline,, "Lisa Scottoline's 'After Anna': Read the first four chapters," 10 Apr. 2018 Then Greg heard one of the nurses mention postpartum depression. Andrea Stanley, Good Housekeeping, "The Voice That Said "I'm a Bad Mom" Killed My Wife," 19 May 2017 The bill passed by the House would allow some inmates to serve out the final stretch of their sentences in halfway houses or in home confinement, and would add new protections for pregnant and postpartum female prisoners, among other provisions. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "McConnell Controls Fate of Criminal-Justice Overhaul Bill," 20 Nov. 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 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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