Etymology
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puerperium (n.)

"confinement during and after childbirth," 1863, from Latin puerperus (see puerperal). From c. 1600 in navitized form puerpery.

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Definitions of puerperium

puerperium (n.)
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
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