Pregnancy Glossary H - M
Iron-rich colouring matter of red blood cells which carries oxygen.
Bleeding (usually used to describe severe or internal bleeding).
Another name for witch hazel - useful for bruises where the skin is broken.
Painful or uncomfortable feeling in the chest experienced after eating or lying down and very common during pregnancy
Increased amount of amniotic fluid surrounding the baby
Blood pressure is raised
Hypnosis used to help alleviate difficulties such as anxiety, phobias, addictions or depression
Protection against disease. May be natural, or acquired through contact with a disease or vaccination.
If an ovum (egg) is fertilized successfully, then implantation will occur roughly seven days later
Artificial method of starting or accelerating labour carried out by midwife or doctor.
Common examples are cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease; thalassaemia
Yellow discolouration of skin and white part of eyes. May be symptom of liver infection or disease.
See Pelvic Floor Exercises
A chart used during pregnancy for the mother to record the movements made by her baby
Labour is the process by which the womb contracts and the cervix dilates in order for the baby and placenta to be delivered
Cuts or tears in the skin
Down-like hair that covers the baby in utero
Term used fopr position of foetus in the womb.
Relief from pressure experienced by mother if womb descends lower into pelvis late in pregnancy (see Engagement).
Dark vertical line from the belly-button to the pubic area caused during pregnancy by the body producing more melanin
Position for labour where the woman lies on her back with her knees bent and her feet supported and held in place by lithotomy poles
Last menstrual period. First day of LMP is needed to estimate expected date of delivery or EDD - used on notes.
An anaesthetic injection involving a combination of drugs injected into the spine which aims to remove the pain of contractions while leaving the mother some mobility.
Refers to the checking of your baby's heartbeat during childbirth with a Pinard (a hand-held 'ear trumpet'), a Doppler (Fetal Monitor) or an Electronic Fetal Monitor EFM.
The prominent gland openings within the areola of the breast, which usually occurs in early pregnancy
Nausea which in most cases stops at around 14 weeks, and is caused by excesses of the hormones oestrogen and human chorionic gonadotrophin which are at their highest in early pregnancy. Various remedies include Acupuncture, Acupressure, Homeopathy, Reflexology and Hypnotherapy.
Shaping of baby
A woman who has delivered two or more children