puerperium

[pyoo-er-peer-ee-uhm]
noun Obstetrics.
the four-week period following childbirth.

Origin:
1885–90; < Latin: childbirth, childbed, equivalent to puerper(us) of a woman in labor (puer boy, child + -perus bringing forth, akin to parere to bear, breed) + -ium -ium

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puerperium (pjʊəˈpɪərɪəm)
 
n
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]

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puerperium pu·er·pe·ri·um (pyōō'ər-pēr'ē-əm)
n. pl. pu·er·pe·ri·a (-pēr'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.

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puerperium

the period of adjustment after childbirth during which the mother's reproductive system returns to its normal prepregnant state. It generally lasts six to eight weeks and ends with the first ovulation and the return of normal menstruation.

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Maternal collapse in pregnancy and the puerperium.
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