ICD-10 Diagnosis Code Z39

Encounter for maternal postpartum care and examination

Diagnosis Code Z39

ICD-10: Z39
Short Description: Encounter for maternal postpartum care and examination
Long Description: Encounter for maternal postpartum care and examination
This is the 2018 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code Z39

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Code Classification
  • Factors influencing health status and contact with health services (Z00–Z99)
    • Persons encountering health services in circumstances related to reproduction (Z30-Z39)
      • Encounter for maternal postpartum care and examination (Z39)

Information for Patients


Postpartum Care

Also called: Post-pregnancy health

Taking home a new baby is one of the happiest times in a woman's life. But it also presents both physical and emotional challenges.

  • Get as much rest as possible. You may find that all you can do is eat, sleep, and care for your baby. And that is perfectly okay. You will have spotting or bleeding, like a menstrual period, off and on for up to six weeks.
  • You might also have swelling in your legs and feet, feel constipated, have menstrual-like cramping. Even if you are not breastfeeding, you can have milk leaking from your nipples, and your breasts might feel full, tender, or uncomfortable.
  • Follow your doctor's instructions on how much activity, like climbing stairs or walking, you can do for the next few weeks.
  • Doctors usually recommend that you abstain from sexual intercourse for four to six weeks after birth.

In addition to physical changes, you may feel sad or have the "baby blues." If you are extremely sad or are unable to care for yourself or your baby, you might have a serious condition called postpartum depression.

Dept. of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health

  • After vaginal delivery - in the hospital (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Losing weight after pregnancy (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Vaginal delivery - discharge (Medical Encyclopedia)


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