Day 33: A pregnancy glossary for dads-to-be

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

Hope these are some use!

Definitions via http://www.momswhothink.com

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