One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
adjectiveVeterinary Medicine Medicine
Following childbirth or the birth of young.‘the custom of postpartum abstinence’
- ‘They will then be asked to persuade their colleagues to change their practices to prevent post-partum hemorrhage, and to encourage them to forego unnecessary obstetric procedures.’
- ‘Women during and after pregnancy can benefit from treatment, not only to help with any postural strains, but also to prepare for childbirth and assist post-partum recovery.’
- ‘All this should ring alarm bells - a post-partum mother with a temperature indicates an infection.’
- ‘A new study in The Annals of Internal Medicine warns pregnant and post-partum women of an increased risk of blood clots.’
- ‘Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are well known to elevate blood pressure outside of pregnancy or outside of the post-partum period.’
- ‘It's called post-partum psychosis, but in actual effect, there's no difference in the schizophrenia spectrum.’
- ‘Women who do not wish to become pregnant should use an additional contraceptive method during the entire post-partum period but especially if bottle-feeding is increased.’
Mid 19th century: from Latin post partum ‘after childbirth’.
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