Definition of antepartum in English:



  • Occurring not long before childbirth.

    • ‘The safety and effectiveness of antiretroviral agents in the antepartum period and during labor is an area of active research, and recommendations are continually being updated and modified.’
    • ‘The biophysical profile integrates several observations of fetal status into an assessment tool that usually is used during the antepartum period to guide clinical management.’
    • ‘Recent reports suggest that bright light therapy has an antidepressant effect on patients with antepartum depression.’
    • ‘There are published data indicating that approximately two-thirds of high risk newborns can be anticipated by careful antepartum evaluation.’
    • ‘Procedures that increase the likelihood of direct fetal exposure to maternal blood should be minimized during the antepartum and intrapartum periods.’


Late 19th century: from Latin, ‘before birth’.