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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Even more sobering: There are no prenatal experts with high-tech equipment to assist if there is distress during birth, or an emergency C-section is required; and the Eustachian tubes in newborn babies’ ears struggle with changes in air pressure. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "What Happens to Babies Born on Planes," 26 Oct. 2018 Daughters of women who became depressed during pregnancy had an especially high risk of developing prenatal depression themselves. Fox News, "Pregnant millennials more likely to be depressed than previous generations, study says," 16 July 2018 Falling in love and pregnancy (looking at you, prenatal vitamins) are two ways to make your skin glow from the inside-out. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "The Best Radiance-Boosting Makeup and Skin-Care Tricks, According to the Pros," 17 July 2018 Companies can’t sell patient data to another party or market complementary products based on a person’s health condition—like sending coupons for diapers to a woman with a prescription for prenatal vitamins. Sharon Terlep, WSJ, "Amazon’s PillPack Deal Gives It Access to Sensitive Health Data," 1 July 2018 The better known is DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), said to benefit brain structure and function and found in infant formula, baby food and prenatal vitamins. Lynn Brezosky, San Antonio Express-News, "Remote Texas algae farm grows a food for the future," 27 June 2018 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 Newsom: Supports universal preschool, mandatory kindergarten and state funding for prenatal services, home visits by nurses and helping ensure children ages 1 to 3 become ready for school. San Francisco Chronicle, "Where candidates for governor stand on California’s biggest issues," 17 May 2018 Among all mothers, 41 percent didn’t receive prenatal services in their first term. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, "Tulsa experiment: Can investing in children early reverse poverty cycle?," 13 Apr. 2018

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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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