post·​na·​tal | \ ˌpōs(t)-ˈnā-tᵊl How to pronounce postnatal (audio) \

Definition of postnatal

: occurring or being after birth specifically : of or relating to an infant immediately after birth postnatal care

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Other Words from postnatal

postnatally adverb

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In 2014, fewer than half of the state’s 67 counties had hospitals that offered obstetrics services, limiting many rural women’s ability to access pre- and postnatal health care. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "A shooting ended Marshae Jones’s pregnancy. Police say it’s her fault.," 27 June 2019 Even species with more conventional egg-laying approaches, where the female attaches a sticky egg mass to a coral branch, a sponge, or a rock, provide those eggs with postnatal care. Jennifer Hayes, National Geographic, "Coral reefs depend on lots of fish the size of jellybeans," 23 May 2019 But after nine months, the organoid astrocytes reached a more mature state, resembling what Barres had observed in postnatal brain cells. Quanta Magazine, "The Oldest Mini-Brains Have Lifelike Young Cells," 29 Aug. 2017 The Studio Bloom app has more than 50 workouts ranging from 7 to 40 minutes, along with guided meditations and pre- and postnatal nutrition support. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "25 Best Workout and Fitness Apps to Stay Healthy in 2019," 1 Jan. 2019 According to People, the maternity unit consists of 16 rooms: five for labor and 11 for postnatal care. Megan Friedman, Marie Claire, "The Ultimate Guide to the Royal Family," 5 Oct. 2018 Further, mothers might limit men from being engaged in prenatal and postnatal services. Joyce Y. Lee And Shawna J. Lee, Houston Chronicle, "Study: Fathers are forgotten by parenting programs," 17 June 2018 All detainees, determined to be pregnant, are provided appropriate education, prenatal care, and postnatal care. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Pregnant Women Are Allegedly Being Denied Medical Care in Immigration Detention Centers," 10 July 2018 Inaccurate dating can lead to unnecessary decisions to induce labor or to Cesarean sections, requiring extended postnatal care and increased medical costs. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Could there be a cheap blood test to predict a baby's birth date? New study suggests maybe," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of postnatal

circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of postnatal

medical : relating to the period of time following the birth of a child


post·​na·​tal | \ (ˈ)pōst-ˈnāt-ᵊl How to pronounce postnatal (audio) \

Medical Definition of postnatal

: occurring or being after birth specifically : of or relating to an infant immediately after birth postnatal care — compare intranatal, neonatal, prenatal

Other Words from postnatal

postnatally \ -​ᵊl-​ē How to pronounce postnatally (audio) \ adverb

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not constant or steady

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