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[mass noun] The period of about six weeks after childbirth during which the mother's reproductive organs return to their original non-pregnant condition.
- ‘Cognitive therapy and supportive strategies are strongly encouraged to help reduce or replace medication in patients who experience depression during pregnancy and the puerperium.’
- ‘A significant trend to higher stage of disease was present with diagnosis later in pregnancy and the puerperium.’
- ‘Common predisposing factors that require prophylaxis include surgery, immobilisation, pregnancy and the puerperium, and oral contraception.’
- ‘Pelvic floor exercises may be helpful in the puerperium.’
- ‘They hated also to have the mother out of the home during the puerperium.’
Early 17th century: from Latin, from puerperus parturient (from puer child + -parus bearing).
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