post·​na·​tal | \ˌpōs(t)-ˈnā-tᵊl \

Definition of postnatal 

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

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postnatally adverb

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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 The maternity unit in the Lindo Wing consists of 16 rooms: five for labor and 11 for postnatal care. Simon Perry,, "Inside the Hospital Where Kate Middleton Is Delivering the Royal Baby," 23 Apr. 2018 The rule has already had disastrous effects, shuttering health clinics worldwide and forcing NGOs to stop outreach on vitally important services like HIV screening and treatment, vaccinations, postnatal care, and cancer screenings. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "If the Trump Administration Truly Wanted to Reduce Abortion, This Is What They Would Do," 18 May 2018 Pregnancy and birth are often painful and result in complications — and yet postnatal care is woefully understudied. Jen Gann, The Cut, "The Most ‘Real’ Scene in Tully Isn’t About Horrific Motherhood," 8 May 2018 SUBSCRIBE TODAY Certified nurse midwives are advanced practice nurses with extra training in gynecological medicine, prenatal care and postnatal care. Andy Marso, kansascity, "Kansas midwife law means some moms-to-be must make other plans at this hospital | The Kansas City Star," 7 May 2018 To play the role, the ever-gorgeous and fit Charlize Theron (who in real life, is a busy mom of two children via adoption) had to gain 50 pounds of excess weight in order to accurately depict what a real postnatal body looks like. NBC News, "Why it takes longer for women to lose weight after 40 (even Charlize Theron)," 4 May 2018

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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 \

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 \ adverb

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