14 Things Doctors Wish Postpartum Moms Knew About the "Fourth Trimester"

Charlotte Hilton Andersen

Just when you think you’ve reached the finish line for pregnancy, you discover there’s a "fourth trimester." This “trimester” describes the postpartum period from the time your wee one is born to the time he or she turns 3 months old. And there’s a lot that happens physically, mentally and emotionally during those months, says Sherry Ross, M.D., ob-gyn and women’s health expert at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California.

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