Post means "after," and partum means "pregnancy," so postpartum refers to the time period after you have a baby. It's usually considered the first 6 weeks.
Your uterus is your womb. It's the organ where a fetus grows before it's born.
Bacteria that normally live in and around your vagina can infect your uterus after delivery.
You have a higher risk of postpartum infection of the uterus if you have:
Many vaginal exams during labor
A long labor
A c-section rather than a vaginal delivery
Sometimes, doctors give you antibiotics before a c-section to help prevent infection.