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 In other words, what options exist within the constraints of embryonic and postnatal development? Quanta Magazine, 20 Sep. 2021 Find your flow with the help of Forme, an at-home fitness studio that has a variety of on-demand ever-evolving classes like yoga, recovery, meditation, pre/postnatal workouts, sound baths, and so much more. Jennifer Chan, Travel + Leisure, 10 Sep. 2021 Pregnant women have their prenatal and postnatal checks. Atul Gawande, The New Yorker, 23 Aug. 2021 The updated advice means that women may have their partner or support person with them in the birth unit and postnatal and antenatal wards during the current COVID-19 outbreak where Greater Sydney is in lockdown. Alicia Vrajlal,, 3 Aug. 2021 Its postnatal curing consisted of a couple hours’ out back in the heat. Amy Drew Thompson,, 18 July 2021 Paid family leave, flexible work arrangements and integration of fathers into prenatal and postnatal care are all effective ways to encourage fathers to be more involved. Kevin Shafer, The Conversation, 16 June 2021 According to the study, 55% of the need for midwives is for antenatal, childbirth and postnatal care. Alice Broster, Forbes, 11 May 2021 In addition, the measure would provide up to a year of postnatal care through HUSKY for women whose households do not exceed 263% of the federal poverty level. Jenna Carlesso,, 8 June 2021

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First Known Use of postnatal

circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for postnatal

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English Language Learners Definition of postnatal

: 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 postnatal (audio) \ adverb

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