postnatal

adjective

post·​na·​tal ˌpōs(t)-ˈnā-tᵊl How to pronounce postnatal (audio)
: occurring or being after birth
specifically : of or relating to an infant immediately after birth
postnatal care
postnatally adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Great for when sitting at a desk becomes too uncomfortable, a pregnancy ball can also be used for prenatal yoga exercises, postnatal yoga workout, delivery and postpartum recovery. Cailey Lindberg, Good Housekeeping, 17 Nov. 2022 For instance, at about nine or 10 months, the cells became more like postnatal neurons than prenatal ones. Claudia Dreifus, Quanta Magazine, 12 Oct. 2022 But access to prenatal and postnatal care has dwindled in Mississippi since the June ruling, making childbirth even more dangerous for poor women and children. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 25 Oct. 2022 During her time at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, the royal mother of three met staff from the maternity unit's Jasmine Team, which helps the one in five women affected by mental health illnesses during pregnancy and the postnatal period. Monique Jessen, Peoplemag, 5 Oct. 2022 My experience with Sarahn included monthly, then biweekly and weekly, prenatal visits, as well as labor support and two to three postnatal visits. Ruha Benjamin, WIRED, 22 Sep. 2022 There's evidence that singing to their babies can improve parents' well-being and self-esteem, and even stave off postnatal depression. Stephanie H. Murray, The Week, 6 Sep. 2022 Our registered dietitians appreciate that MegaFood keeps the entire prenatal and postnatal continuum in mind, specially supporting the nutritional demands of nursing. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 30 Aug. 2022 Boram Postnatal Retreat opened inside the Langham Hotel in New York in May, offering services like feeding, diapering and bathing for babies, as well as sitz baths and postnatal massages for moms. Debra Kamin, WSJ, 17 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary

First Known Use

circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of postnatal was circa 1859

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Cite this Entry

“Postnatal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/postnatal. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

postnatal

adjective

post·​na·​tal (ˈ)pōs(t)-ˈnāt-ᵊl How to pronounce postnatal (audio)
: following birth
also : of or relating to a newborn child
postnatal care

Medical Definition

postnatal

adjective

post·​na·​tal (ˈ)pōst-ˈnāt-ᵊl How to pronounce postnatal (audio)
: occurring or being after birth
specifically : of or relating to an infant immediately after birth
postnatal care
compare intranatal, neonatal, prenatal
postnatally adverb

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