from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state of a woman during childbirth or immediately thereafter.
  • n. The approximate six-week period lasting from childbirth to the return of normal uterine size.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The period of time lasting around a month immediately following childbirth, when the mother’s uterus shrinks back to its prepartum state.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The puerperal state.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. time period following childbirth when the mother's uterus shrinks and the other functional and anatomic changes of pregnancy are resolved


Latin, childbirth, from puerpera, a woman in childbed; see puerperal.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin puerperium ("childbed, childbirth"), noun form of puerperus ("of a woman in labour"), adjectival form of puerpera ("a woman in her childbed"), from puer ("boy") + pariō ("I bear"). (Wiktionary)


  • So it was that I entered my puerperium, which is gynecological for the time of recovery after delivering, the time of post-partum elation.

    Smart Dragons, Foolish Elves

  • Popularly spoken of as the "lying-in period," and medically known as the puerperium, this time of convalescence immediately following childbirth is usually occupied by two important things: the restoration of the pelvic organs to their normal condition before pregnancy, and the starting of that wonderfully adaptative mechanism concerned with the production of the varying and daily changing food supply of the offspring.

    The Mother and Her Child

  • Nor will the inscription upon the altar serve to establish Pliny's opinion; because Agrippina was delivered of two daughters in that country, and any child-birth, without regard to sex, is called puerperium, as the ancients were used to call girls puerae, and boys puelli.

    The Lives of the Twelve Caesars, Volume 04: Caligula

  • "And for this reason and in recognition of the need to reduce maternal deaths, deaths during pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium (the period of up to about six weeks after childbirth, during which the uterus returns to its normal size) that government proclaimed these events notifiable with effect from 1 October 1997," Dr Ramokgopa said.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Annual number of deaths to women as a result of childbirth i.e. assigned to causes of deaths related to complications of pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium per 100,000 live births in that year.

    The Population of the United States

  • Death as a result of pregnancy, childbirth, or the puerperium (period at and immediately following childbirth) are now so low in the United States (as in other developed nations) as to present only minor risks, especially before age thirty-five.

    The Population of the United States

  • Blood volume changes in pregnancy and the puerperium.


  • After being placed on annual leave pursuant to this section, no officer shall be granted sick leave, other than the 90 days of sick leave hereinabove authorized, because of sickness, disability, or need of medical services incident to pregnancy or puerperium.


  • _ Janus, of whom it was said: "Ipse primum Janus cum puerperium concipitur ... aditum aperit recipiendo semini".

    The Evolution of the Dragon

  • In the days of our grandmothers it was almost the exception rather than the rule to escape "child-bed fever," "milk leg," etc.; but in these enlightened days of asepsis, rubber gloves, and the various antiseptics, puerperal infection is the exception, while a normal puerperium is the rule; and this work of prevention lies in the scrupulous care taken by anyone and everyone concerned in any way with the events of the day of labor.

    The Mother and Her Child


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