prenatal

adjective
pre·​na·​tal | \ (ˌ)prē-ˈnā-tᵊl How to pronounce prenatal (audio) \

Definition of prenatal

1 : occurring, existing, performed, or used before birth prenatal care a prenatal test prenatal vitamins
2 : providing or receiving prenatal medical care a prenatal clinic prenatal patients

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Other Words from prenatal

prenatally \ (ˌ)prē-​ˈnā-​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce prenatally (audio) \ adverb

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The centers offer free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins, maternity and baby clothes, counseling and other services. Laura Hancock, cleveland.com, "Ohio House bill offers tax credit for donations to controversial ‘crisis pregnancy centers’," 1 July 2019 And after that, another, for not obtaining adequate prenatal care. Tiffany Diane Tso, refinery29.com, "A Pregnant Woman Was Shot & Now She's Being Charged For Her Unborn Baby's Death," 28 June 2019 Activists say this is a slippery slope and question if a pregnant woman is seen drinking or not practicing proper prenatal care, will she be arrested. Mireya Villarreal, CBS News, "Pregnant woman shot in the stomach indicted over unborn baby's death," 27 June 2019 Some of those benefits come in the form of prenatal care, paid family leave, home visits from those expert in childhood development, high-quality childcare and pre-kindergarten. Rick Kogan, chicagotribune.com, "‘No Small Matter’ shows how childhood is a brief, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," 24 June 2019 Cuts to prenatal care under Medicaid or caps on welfare benefits based on family size are deliberate measures to prevent poor women from reproducing. Audrey Farley, Longreads, "We Still Don’t Know How to Navigate the Cultural Legacy of Eugenics," 20 June 2019 While pregnant, founder Katerina Schneider felt confused by all the ingredients listed in prenatal vitamins and the lack of transparency around what exactly goes into each pill. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Ritual? Everything You Need to Know About the Multivitamin That Cuts the Shady Extras," 1 May 2019 Our messages on Pinterest mirror that mission by sharing inspirational messages to expectant mothers, ultrasound images showing the science of prenatal development, and images declaring that women deserve better than Planned Parenthood. Lila Rose, National Review, "Pinterest Secretly Treats Pro-Life Messages Like ‘Porn’," 26 June 2019 The researchers found that nearly 70% of the women were taking prenatal dietary supplements. Steven Reinberg, chicagotribune.com, "Few pregnant women get right amount of nutrients," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of prenatal

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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prenatal

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of prenatal

medical : relating to pregnant women and their unborn babies

prenatal

adjective
pre·​na·​tal | \ -ˈnāt-ᵊl How to pronounce prenatal (audio) \

Medical Definition of prenatal

1 : occurring, existing, performed, or used before birth prenatal care the prenatal period prenatal testing prenatal vitamins
2 : providing or receiving prenatal medical care a prenatal clinic a prenatal patient

called also antenatal

— compare intranatal, neonatal, postnatal

Other Words from prenatal

prenatally \ -​ē How to pronounce prenatally (audio) \ adverb

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