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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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 And what’s more, for those looking to prepare for the arrival of their child, Carmel Blue also offers a variety of prenatal services and classes. Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, "A New Mom’s Guide to San Francisco," 10 Jan. 2018 For instance, a pregnant person who stops taking their medication could be at increased risk for suicide, could skip out on important prenatal care, and could be at a higher risk for preterm delivery and a number of other challenges, Dr. Varma says. Kasandra Brabaw, SELF, "7 Myths You Might Believe About Antipsychotic Medications," 7 Dec. 2018 Crockett applied for a grant from the March of Dimes to start offering group prenatal care. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "Sit in a circle. Talk to other pregnant women. Save your baby’s life?," 2 Nov. 2018 In the end, lawmakers agreed to a budget that shelved the Democrats’ tax increases and also the Republicans’ cuts to Medicaid and prenatal care. Jim Brunner, The Seattle Times, "Former Gov. Gary Locke attacks Dino Rossi’s budget claims in 8th Congressional District campaign," 25 Oct. 2018 Vaginal infections can occur during pregnancy, so if something about your discharge doesn’t seem right, tell your prenatal care provider. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "What Your Vaginal Discharge Might Be Trying to Tell You," 9 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of prenatal

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of prenatal was in 1826

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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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