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Moms Who Think - Pregnancy index
Category: Health and Medicine > Pregnancy
Date & country: 30/08/2013, USA
Words: 599

Secondhand smoke
When a person inhales the smoke exhaled by a smoker. Secondhand smoke, like smoking, is dangerous for a developing fetus

White fluid containing sperm

Sexually transmitted disease (STD)
Diseases communicable by sexual relations, such as gonorrhea, syphilis, genital

Shoulder dystocia
When a baby's shoulders get stuck in the birth canal

See bloody show

Sickle-cell anemia
A genetic

Side-lying position

Abbr. See sudden infant death syndrome

Sitz bath
A shallow, tepid bath often recommended to soothe the discomfort and pain of episiotomy

Sleep apnea
A condition in which breathing stops briefly during sleep, temporarily reducing the amount of oxygen that is taken in.

Small for gestational age (SGA)
A baby who is not growing as well as it should given his or her gestational age

An ultrasound

The technician who performs an ultrasound

Sore nipples
Tender, red, cracked, and painful nipples caused by breastfeeding

A device used to spread a woman's vaginal

The male reproductive cells produced by the testicles. Sperm is deposited by the male into the female's vagina

Sperm motility
The ability of sperm

Chemical agents that kill sperm

Spider veins
Small red or blue blood vessels that appear close to the skin's surface and resemble a spider. Spider veins may result from the hormonal

Spina bifida
A neural tube defect

Spinal block
A labor

Spinal headache
A headache that results when the needle used for a spinal anesthesia or an epidural

Spontaneous labor

Any type of bloody discharge from the vagina

Squat bar
A U-shaped bar that attaches to a birthing bed allowing a laboring

Stages of labor

An indication of how far the presenting part

Synthetic hormones

The death of a baby after 20 weeks gestation

A baby showing no signs of life at birth.

Stress incontinence
The inability to hold in urine. Many women find they leak urine during the last trimester

Stretch marks
Discolored linear patterns that result from stretching of the skin. In pregnancy, stretch marks, also known as striae, may appear on the abdomen, breasts, buttocks, and legs; they usually fade slowly after delivery.

See stretch marks

Stripping of the membranes
A technique used to encourage the onset of labor

When the baby breastfeeds

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
The sudden death of an infant from unexplained causes. SIDS occurs most frequently in infants two to four months old.

Sweeping of the membranes
Another term for stripping of the membranes

Symphysis pubic dysfunction
Pain in the pubic symphysis

Symphysis pubis
The front part of the pelvis

A sexually transmitted disease

Systolic blood pressure
The upper number in a blood pressure

Tay-Sachs disease
A genetic disorder

Abbr. See transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation

A drug, chemical, or infection that can cause a birth defect

A medication used to halt the contractions

The length of a pregnancy, or 40 weeks.

Another word for abortion.

An inherited genetic disorder

The inflammation of a vein associated with a blood clot.

Fluctuating thyroid function after childbirth. Symptoms begin with hyperthyroidism

Tilted uterus
In 20 percent of women, the top of the uterus

Tipped uterus
Another term for a tilted uterus

The administration of medications to stop uterine contractions

More commonly called preeclampsia

A parasitic infection carried in cat feces and uncooked meat that can be dangerous to the fetus

The device used in ultrasound

Transitional labor
The end of the first stage of labor

When the fetus

Trial of labor
Attempting labor

A time span of three months. Pregnancy is divided into three trimesters, each approximately 13 to 14 weeks long. Generally speaking, each trimester is marked by different phases of fetal development.

Triple screen
A blood test given to a woman between weeks 15 and 18 of pregnancy to screen for an increased risk of the baby having a birth defect

Trophoblastic disease
An abnormal pregnancy in which there is no fetus

Tubal ligation
A sterilization procedure in which a woman's fallopian tubes

Tubal pregnancy
When a fertilized

A procedure that uses high frequency sound waves to create a moving image of a baby in utero

Umbilical cord
The flexible cord of tissue connecting the fetus

Umbilical cord blood banking
See cord blood banking

Undescended testicles
Failure of a baby boy's testicles to descend into the scrotum by the time he is born. Many times the condition corrects itself. Other cases need to be surgically corrected.

Unripe cervix
When the cervix

Urge to push
The natural impulse felt by a laboring woman toward the end of the first stage

An analysis of urine to find out its content.

Urinary incontinence
Involuntary loss of urine. Many women find they leak urine during the last trimester

Urinary tract infection (UTI)
An infection anywhere in the urinary system, usually in the bladder. Symptoms include fever

Uterine inversion
After the delivery of a baby, if the placenta

Uterine involution
The postpartum

Uterine rupture
When the scar from a previous cesarean

The hollow, pear-shaped, muscular organ in which a baby grows. Back to top

Vacuum extraction
A procedure used as an alternative to forceps

Vacuum-assisted birth
When vacuum extraction

The female genital

Vaginal birth
The birth of a baby through the birth canal

Vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC)
The vaginal birth

An infection in the vagina

Varicose veins
Swollen veins, usually in the legs, common during pregnancy because of increased blood volume and increased pressure on the veins from the growing uterus

Abbr. See vaginal birth after cesarean

Venus thrombosis
A blood clot that develops in a vein, usually in a leg. Pregnant women are more susceptible to clots during pregnancy and postpartum

A greasy white substance that covers the fetus

See external cephalic version

Vertex presentation
When the baby is positioned head down in the uterus

Very low birth weight baby
A baby weighing less than three pounds three ounces at birth.

A baby mature enough to survive outside the womb

Vibroacoustic stimulation (VAS)
A test to check on how the baby is doing while inside the uterus

A woman's external genital

Walking epidural
An epidural

Water birth
A type of childbirth in which a woman labors

Another name for the uterus

Yeast infection
A vaginal

Zidovudine (ZDV)
An antiretroviral drug used to treat an HIV

The fertilized