Glossary of Pregnancy Terms

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Glossary of Pregnancy Terms

Post by Carley » Fri Oct 24, 2008 2:25 pm

ABO/Rhesus - Blood types/groups.

Amniocentesis - The taking of fluid (also called liquor pronounced like-or) from mother’s uterus to do tests.

Antenatal - During pregnancy, before the birth.

Antibodies - Proteins produced in the blood. Checks are done to see that the mother is not developing antibodies against her baby's blood group.

BP - Blood pressure.

Booking - Your first antenatal check.

Br, Breech - Unborn baby is lying bottom down.

BSL - Blood sugar level.

C, Ceph, Cephalic - Unborn baby lying head down.

CVS - Chorionic villus sampling—taking a small sample of placenta to test for Down syndrome and other abnormalities in the baby.

Cx (Pap) Smear - Routine test to detect early warning of cancer of cervix (neck of uterus).

Down risk - Test for level of risk of Down syndrome.

E, Eng, Engaged - Unborn baby’s head has moved down into the mother’s pelvis ready to be born.

EDD - Expected (estimated) date of delivery for baby’s birth. It is normal for the baby to arrive up to two weeks before or after this date.

Family doctor - General practitioner, GP.

Foetal heart (FH) - Unborn baby’s heart rate.

Foetal movements - Unborn baby’s movements.

Foetus/Foetus - Unborn baby.

FH (H) - Foetal heart (heard).

Fifths above brim - Position of unborn baby’s head in relation to the mother’s pelvis.

FMF: FMNF - Foetal (baby) movements felt: foetal movements not felt.

Fundal height - Size of uterus.

Gestation (gest’n) - Number of weeks pregnant.

Glucose screen - Blood test to see how well your body uses sugar. It is a test for gestational diabetes, a problem that sometimes develops during pregnancy and may be a problem for the woman and unborn baby.

Gravida - The number of times you have been pregnant, including this pregnancy. Primigravida means first, multigravida means more than one pregnancy.

Hepatitis B - Viral infection of the liver.

Hb - Haemoglobin, how much iron is in your blood.

HG- Hyperemesis Gravidarum

HIV - The virus that may lead to AIDS.

Hypertension - High blood pressure.

Lie - The direction the foetus is lying in the uterus, such as transverse, longitudinal or oblique

Longitudinal - The foetus is lying with its spine parallel to the mother's spine

LMP - Last menstrual period.

Midwife - A practitioner specially qualified to care for childbearing women and their babies.

MSU, MSSU - Mid-stream specimen urine,.

NAD - No abnormality detected (normal).

NE - Unborn baby’s head not engaged (has not moved down into the mother's pelvis).

Neural tube defect - Serious abnormality of the central nervous system - brain and spinal cord.

Obstetrician - Specialist doctor with extra qualifications in pregnancy and childbirth.

Oedema - Swelling of ankles, fingers or face.

Parity - The number of babies you have already had.

PE, PETpre-eclampsia - Pre-eclampsia or pre-eclampsia toxaemia (a pregnancy condition with high blood pressure and oedema.)

Placenta - The afterbirth.

Postnatal - After the birth.

Presentation - The part of the baby which is coming first, such as breech, vertex/cephalic or compound (eg arm with the head)

Rubella - German measles, a disease caused by a virus.

STD/STI - Sexually transmitted disease/infection.

Syphilis - A sexually transmitted disease.

T, FT, term - Full – term, baby is ready to be born.

Transverse - Unborn baby lying crossways in the uterus

US, ultrasound, scan - An examination of an unborn baby using sound waves.

Uterus, womb - Hollow muscle in which baby grows.

Uterine size - Size of uterus.

VE - Vaginal examinations, internal check of mother.

Vx, Vertex - Unborn baby lying head down in uterus.
Last edited by Carley on Wed Nov 12, 2008 7:43 am, edited 1 time in total.

Carley

Post by Carley » Fri Oct 24, 2008 2:26 pm

How can we make this a sticky? I think it's useful information.

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Post by elvencreature » Fri Oct 24, 2008 2:35 pm

Agreed! I have stickied it for you :-D
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Post by Baby Blue Eyes » Fri Oct 24, 2008 2:46 pm

WOW
DS1 - b/f 4 yrs
DS2 - b/f 3yrs 11mths
DS3 - B/F 4yrs 10 mths
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Carley

Post by Carley » Fri Oct 24, 2008 2:49 pm

I've seen a lot of people ask these letters stand for, and I had a site with them all on it. Hope it helps!!!

Lonie

Post by Lonie » Mon Oct 27, 2008 11:17 am

Can someone add to this and clarify for me - when does each trimester start/end?

Carley

Post by Carley » Mon Oct 27, 2008 1:04 pm

I'm not 100% but the second starts in week 13, and the third starts in week 27. :)

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Post by New Hope » Mon Oct 27, 2008 1:05 pm

I thought it was 14 and 28? How funny!

Carley

Post by Carley » Mon Oct 27, 2008 1:08 pm

Every site says something different, it's confusing!!! Some said that, others said otherwise.... :shock:

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Post by s squirrel » Tue Nov 11, 2008 8:41 pm

Can I add HG- Hyperemesis Gravidarum :(
If you can't fly, then run,
if you can't run, then walk,
if you can't walk, then crawl,
but whatever you do you have to keep moving
forward.... – MLK

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Post by Nedsmum » Tue Nov 11, 2008 8:58 pm

The pregnancy is assumed 9 months from LMP, the three 'trimesters' are each three months long. the weeks that match this are rubbery (as is the LMP thing anyway, because conception is not really accurately measured from LMP as each woman's cycle varies).

There is also the distinction made between the stages of the zygote, embryo and foetus - zygote is from conception to when the embryo implants into the wall of the uterus and separates into the three layers, then it is called an embryo and then after about 9-10 weeks (conception, so 11-12 weeks LMP maybe) it is referred to as a 'foetus'. - the difference between the two is that by 10 weeks all the major organs and structures are developed, and the risk of miscarriage drops significantly.
Breastmilk - the ultimate 'brain food'!!!

Carley

Post by Carley » Wed Nov 12, 2008 7:44 am

ralphette wrote:Can I add HG- Hyperemesis Gravidarum :(
I added it for you, what is Hyperemesis Gravidarum?

[edit] I just read :shock:

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Post by s squirrel » Thu Nov 13, 2008 12:09 pm

Carley wrote:
ralphette wrote:Can I add HG- Hyperemesis Gravidarum :(
I added it for you, what is Hyperemesis Gravidarum?

[edit] I just read :shock:
yeah, I coudln't recomend it :wink: :lol:
If you can't fly, then run,
if you can't run, then walk,
if you can't walk, then crawl,
but whatever you do you have to keep moving
forward.... – MLK

Carley

Post by Carley » Fri Nov 14, 2008 12:59 pm

I'm skipping on this one, I can't complain!!!

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Re: Glossary of Pregnancy Terms

Post by redfox199 » Tue Nov 29, 2016 2:29 am

Very helpful post! Thanks a lot! I've only find out that i'm pregnant )

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