By Nicole Fabian-Weber, Mar 9, 2023

“The fourth trimester refers to the post birth time interval — the first 12 weeks post birth,” explains Dr. Kecia Gaither, who’s double board-certified in OB/GYN and maternal fetal medicine and the director of perinatal services/maternal fetal medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln in the Bronx. The fourth trimester, according to Gaither, “reflects a time interval where many complications can ensue and when most pregnancy-related insurance terminates — just when new parents need provider care the most.”

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