Definition of puerperium in English:


Pronunciation /pyo͞oərˈpirēəm/ /pjuərˈpɪriəm/


  • The period of about six weeks after childbirth during which the mother's reproductive organs return to their original nonpregnant condition.

    ‘Common predisposing factors that require prophylaxis include surgery, immobilisation, pregnancy and the puerperium, and oral contraception.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They hated also to have the mother out of the home during the puerperium.’
    • ‘Pelvic floor exercises may be helpful in the puerperium.’


Early 17th century from Latin, from puerperus ‘parturient’ (from puer ‘child’ + -parus ‘bearing’).