puerperium


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pu·er·pe·ri·um

 (pyo͞o′ər-pîr′ē-əm)
n. pl. pu·er·pe·ri·a (-pîr′ē-ə)
1. The state of a woman during childbirth or immediately thereafter.
2. The approximate six-week period lasting from childbirth to the return of normal uterine size.

[Latin, childbirth, from puerpera, a woman in childbed; see puerperal.]

puerperium

(pjʊəˈpɪərɪəm)
n
1. (Gynaecology & Obstetrics) the period following childbirth, lasting approximately six weeks, during which the uterus returns to its normal size and shape
[C17: from Latin: childbirth, from puerperus relating to a woman in labour, from puer boy + parere to bear]

pu•er•pe•ri•um

(ˌpyu ərˈpɪər i əm)

n.
the four-week period following childbirth.
[1885–90; < Latin: childbirth =puerper(a) puerpera]

puerperium

the state or condition of a woman during and immediately following childbirth. — puerperal, adj.
See also: Birth
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.puerperium - time period following childbirth when the mother's uterus shrinks and the other functional and anatomic changes of pregnancy are resolved; "a perinatologist cared for her during the puerperium"
period, period of time, time period - an amount of time; "a time period of 30 years"; "hastened the period of time of his recovery"; "Picasso's blue period"
Translations

pu·er·pe·ri·um

n. puerperio. V.: post partum

puerperium

n puerperio
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Obstetric medicine is a specialty of internal medicine that focuses on managing the medical problems of women with significant comorbidities that may exist prior to pregnancy, or arise during pregnancy or in the puerperium.
At our center, we are usually reluctant to discontinue a medication such as an atypical antipsychotic to treat bipolar disorder in the postpartum period even if the mom chooses to breastfeed considering the extent to which women with bipolar disorder are at a high risk for relapse during the puerperium.
At our center, we are usually reluctant to discontinue a medication such as an atypical antipsychotic to treat bipolar disorder in the postpartum period even if the mom chooses to breastfeed, considering the extent to which women with bipolar disorder are at a high risk for relapse during the puerperium.