postnatal

adjective
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

Examples of postnatal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her company, Moonstone Babies Doula Services, offers a basic package of 24/7 support via email and text, two prenatal visits, support throughout labor and one postnatal visit. Nina Bahadur, CBS News, "How Black doulas are fighting the maternal mortality crisis," 14 Sep. 2020 Meanwhile, another bill currently awaiting passage in the Senate looks to expand Medicaid coverage for postnatal care from two months to one year, Kelly, the representative from Illinois, says. Candice Wang, Popular Science, "Black mothers face high death rates. Now they have to contend with climate change, too.," 4 Aug. 2020 Meanwhile, another 2019 study found that mothers who go into early labor suffer anxiety, fatigue, and flashbacks, and develop postnatal health problems such as uterine infections, excessive bleeding, and vaginal pain. Candice Wang, Popular Science, "Black mothers face high death rates. Now they have to contend with climate change, too.," 4 Aug. 2020 More than one in 10 women will experience a mental illness during pregnancy or in the first postnatal year, and around seven in 102 will hide or underplay the severity of their illness, her office at Kensington Palace says. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Watch Kate Middleton Congratulate Two Parents on Their Newborn Baby Son," 2 May 2020 And doctors have suggested that postnatal care schedules may change from in-person appointments six weeks after delivery to televisits two to three weeks post-birth to check in with parents in this high-anxiety period. Emily Goligoski, New York Times, "Prenatal Care May Look Very Different After Coronavirus," 28 Apr. 2020 Moms are being discharged from hospitals more and more quickly to reduce the possibility of exposure to the virus, forced to forgo round-the-clock postnatal care. Anna Schuettge, Time, "My Husband and I Want to Have Another Baby. The Pandemic Has Disrupted Our Plans," 22 Apr. 2020 Price said law firms also are on the leading edge of providing benefits that include pre- and postnatal care. Connor Pittman, Dallas News, "First-time survey shows Dallas law firms offer generous paid parental leave," 7 Feb. 2020 Married and a mom of three boys, Cindy focuses most of her time on pre- and postnatal clients and stay-at-home and working moms, helping them achieve their fitness goals. SELF, "How We Chose the 2019 SELF Fitness Award Winners," 5 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of postnatal

circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of postnatal was circa 1859

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“Postnatal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/postnatal. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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postnatal

adjective
How to pronounce postnatal (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of postnatal

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

postnatal

adjective
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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