Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or occurring in the period shortly after childbirth: postpartum complications.

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  • adj. after giving birth

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  • adj. occurring immediately after birth

Etymologies

Latin post partum : post, after; see post- + partum, accusative of partus, birth, from past participle of parere, to beget; see perə-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1844, from Latin post ("before") partum ("giving birth"), form of partus, from pariō ("I give birth"), from Proto-Indo-European *per- (“to bring forth”). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And I-- I would have what they call postpartum panic attacks, where, literally -- I don't know how people couldn't see that, I was shaking so bad internally.

    CNN Transcript May 1, 2001

  • A very small percentage of women will experience what is referred to as postpartum psychosis, a serious but rare illness affecting one to two of every one thousand new mothers.

    Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth

  • These early months are called the postpartum period.

    The Simple Guide to Having a Baby

  • This is often referred to as postpartum depression or postpartum anxiety.

    OUR BODIES, OURSELVES

  • To get back to the idea of giving birth, I suppose a person might liken this to what they call postpartum depression. "

    Clean Kill

  • Many women also first experience thyroid problems after a pregnancy, a condition called postpartum thyroiditis that occurs in 5 to 10 percent of women.

    The Body's Traffic Cop

  • Andrea Yates was apparently suffering from a specific, diagnosable -- and treatable -- condition called postpartum psychosis.

    Motherhood And Murder

  • But this is a period after delivery when the woman is very prone to depression, and some women develop what is called postpartum depression.

    CNN Transcript Mar 26, 2007

  • I just couldn ` t fathom that I would have something called postpartum depression.

    CNN Transcript May 11, 2007

  • “There is something called postpartum depression,” Kate said.

    A Grave Denied

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