Test Your Pregnancy Word Smarts
Congratulations on your pregnancy! Ready to test your knowledge of all those new words you keep hearing at the doctor’s office? Find out if you’re a pregnancy wordsmith or if you need to hit the books for a little vocabulary lesson.
Question 1 of 15
What does LMP stand for?
|Loopy Mom’s Problem: the syndrome that inflicts so many new moms after giving birth|
Last Menstrual Period: the first day of your last menstrual period is your first day of pregnancy
LMP stands for last menstrual period. The first day of your last menstrual period is your first day of pregnancy.
|Late Month Pregnancy: meaning your pregnancy extends beyond your due date into the next month|
|Labor and Maternity Partner: the term sometimes used when describing a midwife or doula|
Question 2 of 15
A zygote is …
|The brand name of the bed most women give birth upon at the hospital|
The name for the fertilized ovum, or egg, during the first two weeks after conception
A zygote is the name for the fertilized ovum, or egg, during the first two weeks after conception
|A German word referring to husbands who are afraid to accompany their wives in the birthing room|
|The pain you feel when a fertilized ovum implants in your uterus|
Question 3 of 15
What is/are Braxton Hicks?
Periodic uterine contractions that can begin early in pregnancy that are often confused with true labor
Braxton Hicks are periodic uterine contractions that can begin early in pregnancy that are often confused with true labor.
|A popular rock band composed of pregnant women|
|Especially strong fetal kicks (named for the doctor who first began charting fetal kick counts)|
|Eye changes during pregnancy|
Question 4 of 15
Placenta is ...
|Those crazy pregnancy cravings you’ve been experiencing|
The organ within the uterus that enables oxygen and nutrients to pass from the maternal blood to the fetus
The placenta is the organ within the uterus that enables oxygen and nutrients to pass from your blood to your baby's blood.
|The “mask of pregnancy”|
|The fluid surrounding your growing baby|
Question 5 of 15
What is implantation?
|What doctors refer to when your baby finally sinks into your pelvis weeks prior to delivery.|
|The term for when you're waiting at the hospital to go and deliver your baby|
|Another way of describing bed rest|
Attachment of the fertilized egg to the uterine lining (it usually occurs about five days after ovulation).
Implantation occurs about five days after ovulation, when the fertilized egg reaches the uterus and attaches itself to the lining. Some women may experience light bleeding and cramping at this time (which occassionally may be mistaken for a period).
Question 6 of 15
What does your doctor mean if she tells you that your baby is breech?
Your baby is presenting feet first, rather than head first
A breech baby is presenting feet first, rather than head first (which may necessitate a C-section).
|Your baby is facing backwards in the womb|
|Congratulations! Your baby is ready to be born|
|Your baby has a full head of hair|
Question 7 of 15
What you doing if you’re practicing Kegel exercises?
|You’re “nesting," according to Dr. Joseph Kegel, the man who coined this term|
You’re contracting muscles to help strengthen the pelvic floor in preparation for labor
If you're practicing your Kegel exercises, you're contracting muscles to help strengthen the pelvic floor in preparation for labor.
|You’re doing leg lifts to prevent night leg cramps|
|You’re practicing controlled breathing in preparation for managing labor pains|
Question 8 of 15
What is happening if you're experiencing quickening?
You’re feeling the very first movements of your baby in your womb
Some women feel a quickening around week 14 of pregnancy, which is the first palpable flutters of movement created by your growing baby.
|Your water just broke|
|You’re past due and anxious to give birth|
|You’re being induced|
Question 9 of 15
Lanugo is …
|Male sympathetic pregnancy|
The fine, downy hair that covers a baby late in pregnancy (it is often replaced by normal hair before birth)
Lanugo is the pale, fine hair that covers your baby later in pregnancy.
|The term referring to the utter exhaustion many pregnant women experience late in pregnancy|
|A new type of pain medication available during labor and delivery|
Question 10 of 15
What does fundal height refer to?
|How far you can stretch down towards your toes in the third trimester|
|How tall your baby is in the womb|
The distance between the pubic bone and uterine fundus (top of the uterus). The fundal height is used to estimate uterine size and fetal age
The distance between your pubic bone and the top of the uterus (fundus) is referred to as fundal height. Most doctors check this at later pregnancy office visits to gauge the size of the uterus as well as determine fetal age.
|The length of your cervix|
Question 11 of 15
You have a linea negra during pregnancy, what are you experiencing?
|An episode of very bad morning sickness|
A dark vertical line down the center of your abdomen (from your ribs down to your pubis)
The dark vertical line stretching down the center of your abdomen is called the linea negra.
|A rush of pregnancy hormones|
|The overwhelming urge to redecorate the nursery again and again|
Question 12 of 15
What is an episiotomy?
|The name of the procedure in which your nurse or doctor induces labor|
|The name of the monitor your doctor or nurse uses to listen to fetal heartbeat|
|The cramping you feel at the onset of labor|
A minor surgical procedure which widens the birth canal by cutting the vaginal opening (to prevent tearing during delivery)
An episiotomy is occasionally performed during labor and delivery. It is a minor surgical procedure in which your doctor cuts the vaginal opening to prevent tearing.
Question 13 of 15
What food supplement is good to take during pregnancy to help with normal fetal development and to aid in preventing neural tube defects?
Pregnant women are encouraged to take 400 mcg of folic acid daily.
Question 14 of 15
|The flushing of your face and body during the strain and excitement of labor|
|The clinical name for the acute anxiety some women feel regarding birth|
|The facial skin discolorations that sometimes occur during pregnancy|
The thinning of the cervix that occurs in preparation for childbirth
The thinning of the cervix that occurs in preparing for childbirth is called effacement.
Question 15 of 15
Edema is …
|The most popular baby girl’s name last year in the former Soviet Union|
|A prenatal test to check for birth defects|
Water retention, which can often occur for women towards the end of pregnancy and most often appears in the feet, face, and hands
Water retention, most commonly experience by women towards the end of their pregnancy is called edema. (Occasionally serious edema can be a sign of preeclampsia.)
|A nurse’s assistant or helper during labor and delivery|
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