Definition of antenatal in English:



  • Before birth; during or relating to pregnancy.

    ‘antenatal care’
    • ‘Pregnant women should attend regular antenatal appointments so that any problems with the pregnancy are picked up.’
    • ‘The research data tend to be formulated from actuarial models and short trials in pregnant women attending antenatal clinics.’
    • ‘Integrating a simple infection screening programme into routine antenatal care can reduce the rate of preterm births by 50%’
    • ‘It is probable that dietary recommendations in antenatal clinics occur too late to have detectable effects in the perinatal period.’
    • ‘The principal purpose of antenatal screening programmes is to identify diseases and then to give the parents the option of termination of pregnancy in the event of an affected fetus.’
    • ‘I chose to return to England in the 30th week of my pregnancy, lodging with a friend and attending antenatal classes.’
    • ‘If you feel unsure about being at the birth, attending antenatal classes will help prepare you and give you confidence to know there's a place for you at the birth.’
    • ‘Some antenatal tests are routinely offered to all women and others are offered only to certain women because of their age and medical or family history.’
    • ‘For £250, she provides two antenatal home visits, attendance throughout the birth and a postnatal home visit.’
    • ‘It is presented to expectant women through hospital scan units and antenatal clinics.’
    • ‘As the timing of eclampsia is unpredictable, drills took place on the labour ward, antenatal and post natal wards, and in the emergency department.’
    • ‘She was especially fortunate, she said, to have the same midwife not only for her antenatal and post-natal examinations and check-ups but also for the birth.’
    • ‘Most antenatal screening is carried out in early pregnancy.’
    • ‘Public patients receive antenatal care and birth care at public hospitals, and care is provided by rostered midwives, residents, registrars, and staff obstetricians.’
    • ‘It is really important to attend all your antenatal appointments, and to report any bleeding, pain or changes in your baby's activity.’
    • ‘She deserved antenatal care, a decent transport system all those things we take for granted in this part of the world.’
    • ‘Once a woman knows or suspects she is pregnant, she can make an appointment with her GP to discuss antenatal care and tests.’
    • ‘The document states that the hospital's maternity unit catered for the birth and antenatal care of 100 babies last year, compared with 270 born at Chippenham.’
    • ‘For example, in much of rural Africa, pregnant women present late to antenatal care and may be anaemic and undernourished.’
    • ‘Much of the outpatient antenatal and postnatal services would stay as they were, she added.’


  • A medical examination during pregnancy.