Pregnancy Glossary T - Z
Safe and effective drug free method of pain relief during childbirth
This refers to the third stage of labour, when the placenta is delivered.
Parasite found it cat faeces and raw meat which is seriously dangerous to the unborn child.
Baby is lying across the womb rather than head-down
Trial of labour
A trial of vaginal delivery where it is uncertain whether the head will pass through the pelvic bones adequately
Any one of the three successive three month periods (first, second and third trimesters) into which pregnancy may be divided
Blood test that can detect whether or not a woman has an increased risk of their baby having either Spina Bifida or Down's Syndrome.
Screening system using sound waves from womb to build up images of unborn baby on computer screen.
Cord containing blood vessels which connects the baby to the placenta
Medical term for womb
A silicone or metal cap attached to a suction pump which is fitted onto the baby's head in the birth canal to assist birth.
Protective layer of thick white grease covering babies at birth
See 'Amniotic Fluid'
Immersion in water during labour for pain relief purposes (see birthing pool).
Release of the amniotic fluid surrounding the unborn baby prior to birth. Sometimes referred to as 'rupture of the membranes'.
Another term for uterus
The first stage of the fertilized egg, prior to cell division and implantation in the lining of the womb.