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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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First, although this hospital accounted for approximately three quarters of births registered in 2014 in Guam, the data came from only one hospital; therefore, the prevalence of prenatal HBsAg screening, maternal HBsAg positivity, hepatitis B vaccination, and HBIG administration cannot be generalized to all health care facilities in Guam.
The global prenatal and newborn genetic testing market segmentation is based on technologies (prenatal and newborn genetic diagnostic techniques, array-comparative genomic hybridization, fluorescence in-situ hybridization, polymerase chain reaction, prenatal and newborn genetic screening methods, maternal serum screening, non-invasive prenatal tests such as MaterniT21 PLUS, Verifi, Harmony, Panorama, NIFTY, PrenaTest and Bambni Test).
The new packaging for vitaMedMD's vitaPearl prenatal multivitamin and BocaGreen's Prena1 Pearl, the brand's authorized generic.
The diagnosis of prenatal hydronephrosis was made on ultrasound where renal pelvis AP diameter of the kidney was more than 5mm on antenatal Ultrasound.
The study also revealed that prenatal maternal smoking, when taken in isolation, did not appear to directly result in behavioral problems, influence of genetic risk factors on behavior problems were most pronounced for children exposed to prenatal smoking and interaction between genetic factors and prenatal smoking was isolated to females.
Barron, Ganong, and Brown (1987) indicate that early prenatal screening and education is helpful in reducing the frequency of preterm deliveries.
In the Management of Myelomeningocele Study (MOMS), 183 volunteer women with singleton pregnancies were randomized to prenatal surgery before the 26th week of pregnancy or surgery for their infants after birth (N.
Among women who had already established prenatal care (219), most infections occurred later in pregnancy, with only 5% of cases occurring before 12 weeks, and 16% occurring prior to 16 weeks of gestation.
METHODS: Information about social and demographic variables, prenatal care, parity, pregnancy planning, abortion attempts, satisfaction with pregnancy and satisfaction with the relationship with the child's father was collected from 611 postpartum women in Porto Alegre in southern Brazil.
The Wellstar doctors and nurses, known as Prenatal Care Defendants, moved for summary judgment on the grounds that the statue of limitations for bringing suit against them had run.
The study examined findings of seven studies and found that taking prenatal multivitamins containing folic acid is associated with a 47% protective effect for neuroblastoma, 39% for leukemia, and 27% for brain tumors.