Meaning of post-partum in English:


Pronunciation /pəʊs(t)ˈpɑːtəm/


Medicine Veterinary Medicine
  • Following childbirth or the birth of young.

    ‘the custom of post-partum 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.’
    • ‘A new study in The Annals of Internal Medicine warns pregnant and post-partum women of an increased risk of blood clots.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are well known to elevate blood pressure outside of pregnancy or outside of the post-partum period.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's called post-partum psychosis, but in actual effect, there's no difference in the schizophrenia spectrum.’
    • ‘All this should ring alarm bells - a post-partum mother with a temperature indicates an infection.’


Mid 19th century from Latin post partum ‘after childbirth’.