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NUR 163


A woman who is pregnant Gravida
Pregnancy Gravidity
A woman who has had two or more pregnancies Multigravida
A woman who has had two or more pregnancies Multipara
A woman who has never been pregnant Nulligravida
A woman who has not completed a pregnancy with a fetus or fetuses beyond 20 weeks of gestation Nullipara
The number of pregnancies in which the fetus or fetuses have reached 20 weeks of gestation, not the number of fetuses (e.g. twins) born. Parity is not affected by whether the fetus is born alive or is stillborn (i.e., showing no signs of life at birth) Parity
Pregnancy that goes beyond 42 weeks of gestation Post term
A pregnancy that has reached 20 weeks of gestation but before completion of 37 weeks of gestation Preterm
A woman who is pregnant for the first time Primigravida
A pregnancy from the beginning of week 38 of gestation to the end of week 42 of gestation Term
Capacity to live outside the uterus, occurring about 22-25 weeks of gestation Viability
abnormal suppression or absence of menstruation Amenorrhea
The thin yellowish fluid secreted by the mammary glands at the time of parturition that is rich in antibodies and minerals, and precedes the production of true milk Colostrum
medications used to suppress premature labor They are given when delivery would result in premature birth. Tocolytic
medications that act as a neurotransmitters in the brain. Best known for its roles in female reproduction: it is released in large amounts after distension of the cervix and vagina during labor, after nipple stimulation, facilitates birth/ breastfeeding Oxytocic
The term used to describe a developing human infant from approximately the third month of pregnancy until delivery. The term embryo is used prior to the third month Fetus
a surgical incision made in the area between the vagina and anus (perineum). This is done during the last stages of labor and delivery to expand the opening of the vagina to prevent tearing during the delivery of the baby. Episiotomy
area between the vulva and the anus Perineum
after childbirth Postpartum
Time during labor and delivery Intrapartum
Test comparing Rh incompatibility, it can detect other antibodies that may place the fetus at risk for incompatibility with other antigens Coomb’s Test
A professional trained person who provides labor support including physical, emotional, and information support to women and their partners during labor and birth. Doula
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