- Apgar score: A method of evaluating a baby’s health immediately after birth.
- Apnea: A temporary involuntary cessation of breathing
- Breech: Fetal position in which the feet or buttocks of the baby are closest to the mother’s cervix when labor begins.
- Colostrum: The milk secreted shortly before and for a few days after childbirth.
- Doppler: A machine that uses ultrasound to detect the fetal heart.
- Eclampsia: A serious complication of pregnancy, characterized by high blood pressure and edema. It is the more severe form of pre-eclampsia.
- Ectopic: Pregnancy in which the embryo begins to grow outside the uterus, often in one of the fallopian tubes.
- Epidural: A type of local anesthesia used to relieve pain during delivery.
- Episiotomy: An incision made in the tissue around the vagina in order to ease the final stage of delivery.
- Fontanels: The soft spots on a baby’s skull, present at birth.
- Hydrocephalus: A congenital birth defect in which excessive fluid gathers in the baby’s skull.
- Lanugo: Fine hairs present on the body of a fetus.
- Linea nigra: A dark line that appears on the abdomen during pregnancy.
- Meconium: The bowel contents of a baby at birth.
- Miscarriage: Spontaneous ending of the pregnancy prior to 24 weeks’ gestation.
- Obstetrician: A doctor who specializes in care of women during pregnancy and childbirth.
- Oxytocin: A hormone secreted during labor to stimulate contractions and milk production. It is sometimes administered in synthetic form to begin or speed labor.
- Pelvic floor: The sling of muscles that holds the pelvic organs in place.
- Pitocin: The synthetic form of oxytocin.
- Postpartum: After birth.
- Pre-eclampsia: A disorder of pregnancy characterized by high blood pressure, edema, and kidney malfunction.
- Show: The blood-stained mucus from the vagina, indicating that labor is about to begin.
- Sonograph: The use of ultrasound to form an image of the fetus.
- Trimester: One-third of a pregnancy.
- Vernix: A white, waxy substance that covers the fetus in the uterus.
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