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preceding birth.


Preceding birth.
Synonym(s): antenatal
[pre- + L. natus, born]


/pre·na·tal/ (-na´tal) preceding birth.


Existing or occurring before birth: prenatal medical care.

pre·na′tal·ly adv.


Etymology: L, prae + natus, birth
occurring or existing before birth, referring to both the care of the woman during pregnancy and the growth and development of the fetus. Also called antenatal. See also antepartal care.


adjective Referring to the period between conception and birth.


Preceding birth.
Synonym(s): antenatal.
[pre- + L. natus, born]


Existing or occurring before birth.


preceding birth.

prenatal care
care of the pregnant female before delivery of the neonate.
prenatal cytogenetic studies
cytogenetic studies carried out on amniotic fluid cultures, the fluid being collected by amniocentesis, is not much used in veterinary medicine because of lack of knowledge of congenital disease linked to chromosomal abnormality. Could be used as a means of early sex determination.
prenatal infection
infection of the fetus via an intact placenta, in the case of viruses, or via a placentitis in the case of bacterial or metazoan infections.
prenatal loss
see abortion, stillbirth, early embryonic mortality, mummification.

Patient discussion about prenatal

Q. My Prenatal Vitamin Makes Me Nauseous, What Should I Do? I am taking Prenatal Vitamins during my pregnancy; however they are making me feel nauseous. What to do?

A. you can also take childrens vitamins

Q. I am thinking of prenatal yoga class.How can I go about it? I am thinking of prenatal yoga class. I am 10 weeks pregnant and my age is 25. I had heard a lot about this and some said that it helps in labor. I wish to join the class to have healthy labor. What is the best time to go for this and is it safe to follow throughout pregnancy? Will it be an alternative for exercise we generally do during pregnancy? My friend went for regular prenatal yoga class and had healthy labor and the child and mom are doing well. This has created a positive vibration in my mind about pregnancy and labor? How can I go about it?

A. basically, exercising during pregnancy is one of the good thing for a pregnant mom. it can help preparing the pregnant mom for the delivery later. research has shown that some sports during pregnancy will reduce the pain when a mother delivers the babyborn.

yoga is good for the muscles and the stretching process. but i will suggest you to consult that first with your ob-gyn doctor, if your pregnancy is totally healthy then you will have nothing to worry about.

another sport that is good for pregnancy is water sports, such as swimming, and also water aerobic. I once wrote an article about water aerobic, if you want to read :


A. no u didn't believe me i use to do that alot is normal well at least that's what happened to me and almost every night! lol hope u get better girl;)

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The emotional and psychological aspects of pregnancy are also addressed in prenatal yoga.
There were no differences in age, ethnicity, parity, length of hospital stay, presence or degree of fever, or heart rate at admission between women with or without established prenatal care.
CONCLUSIONS: The study suggests that maternal attitudes may be important for adequate prenatal care.
Accordingly, the court determined thai Evan's parents, who had amended their complaint to add the Prenatal Care Defendants on April 20, 2004, had filed their suit against those defendants in a timely manner.
Early access to prenatal care: implications for racial disparity in perinatal mortality, Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2006, 107(3):625-631.
BUNDLE OF QUESTIONS As scientists move closer to developing genetic tests that match the reliability of amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling but lessen their potential harm to a fetus, some researchers expect that more women will choose to undergo prenatal testing.
It is a sad fact that many physicians who participate in euthanasia or in prenatal diagnosis often think in terms of "weeding out" the unfit, thus denying them their inalienable right to life.
To obtain FMF approval, PerkinElmer was required to provide clinical data to prove the clinical validity of the assays, to demonstrate a commitment to prenatal screening, and to provide evidence of the successful use of assays in respected international studies.
Prenatal yoga postures involve a variety of simple standing and sitting stretches, which incorporate breathing and relaxing techniques.
Focusing on singleton births, they have examined two outcomes, the percentage of women who initiate prenatal care after the first trimester and the percentage of low weight births, and compared these outcomes in women stratified by marital status and maternal educational attainment as markers of socioeconomic status (SES).
By summarizing discussions and opinions of the project group members, the editors introduce readers to some of the arguments for and against prenatal testing from the perspective of disability fights advocates and medical personnel.