Final Review:Pregnancy Glossary

  1. amnicentesis

    A test done to detect genetic defects. Amniotic fluid is extrated
  2. Braxton-Hicks Contactions

    helps prepare organs for pregnancy and labor
    painless contactions of the uterus
  3. Colostum
    First milklike food
  4. Dilation
    Opening or widening of the cervix
  5. Edema
    Abnormal swelling of the extremities

    Edma = swelling
  6. Toxemia
    Poisining during pregnancy
  7. Vernix Caseosa
    white fatty substace covering newborn's skin
  8. Lochia
    nomal discharge of blood and mucus from the uterus
  9. Mastitis
    Inflamation of the brest 

    • mast/o = breast
    • titis = inflamation
  10. Multipara
    woman with prior births

    • multi = many
    • para = to bear, bring forth (live births)
  11. Oxytocin
    pituitary-produced hormone that stimulates uterine contractions and controls bleeding after birth

    tocin = labor; birth (a substance for)
  12. Perineum
    Area between the vagina and anus
  13. Placenta
    Structure in uterus where fetus gets nourishment
  14. Primapara
    First birth

    • Primi = first
    • Para = birth
  15. Prolactin
    Hormone that stimulates milk production

    • Pro = before
    • Lact/o = milk
  16. Quickening
    First fetal movements
  17. Relaxin
    hormon responsible for relaxation of the pelvic ligaments and joints during labor
  18. Sciatica
    Inflamation of the sciatic nerve
  19. effacement
    Thinning of cervice PRIOR to labor
  20. emmenagogue
    Herbs preraining to female reproductive system
  21. Engagement
    Baby dropping into the birth canal
  22. Episiotomy
    Sergical incision of the perineum to provide more space for the baby

    • Episi/o = vulva
    • Tomy = process of cutting
  23. in utero
    Within the uterus (womb)
  24. Involution
    Uterus returning to prepregnant condition
  25. Keloid Scar
    Thick, roapy discolored scar tissue
  26. Lactation
    Process of brest milk production

    lact= milk
  27. Lanugo
    Hair coating of the fetus
  28. Lightening
    dropping of uterus into pelvis as labor commences
  29. Progesterone
    The hormone that prepares the uterus for implantation of the fertilized egg
  30. What's important to check when a preg, woman comes for a massage?
    If the baby has been moving
  31. What are some signs of pre-eclampsia (toxemia)

    A. rapid weight gain, excessive edema, high blood pressure, severe headaches
  32. What is a woman lose 72 hours prior to labor commencing

    A. mucus plug
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Final Review:Pregnancy Glossary
Pregnancy Glossary