The Fourth Trimester: New Guidelines for Postpartum Care

Posted by Christina Frome, M.D. on May 9, 2018 10:51:14 AM

Pregnancy doesn’t end when the baby is born. That may sound like a strange statement, but every woman who has given birth knows that her body and mind don’t immediately bounce back to their pre-pregnancy state postpartum. 

In fact, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) have released new guidelines for postpartum care due to this phase lasting from six to 12 weeks, earning the term “the fourth trimester.” The guidelines are based on the idea that physicians should look at postpartum care as an ongoing process rather than a single follow-up visit shortly after birth. 

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