||A test usually done between 15 - 20 weeks of pregnancy.
A needle is inserted through the stomach to remove a small amount of amniotic fluid.
This is a fluid that contains cells from the developing baby for testing.
Ultrasound is used to guide the needle. The procedure if safe with little risk to your
||The time from when you become pregnant, until you go into
coloured area around the nipple.
|Braxton Hicks contractions
||Mild, irregular contractions, which occur as the uterus gets into practice during the weeks leading up to the
||Where the baby is positioned head up to be born bottom first or with one or both feet first.
Breech positioning is relatively
||Caesarean or C-section is the delivery of a baby through an abdominal cut rather than through the
||This is the milky fluid secreted from the breasts soon after birth which is very concentrated and contains antibodies and anti-infective agents to protect your baby.
Some women notice that a little colostrum leaks from their breasts during
||The act of
becoming pregnant; fertilisation of an ovum (egg) by a sperm.
||Tightening of the muscles in the wall of the uterus to push the baby down through the vagina during
||The entrance to the uterus, the lower section of the uterus, which widens during childbirth to allow the baby to come
||The amount the cervix has opened in preparation for childbirth, dilation is measured in centimetres.
'Fully dilated' means you're at 10 centimetres and are ready to
||Processed meats such as hot dogs and deli meats like kabana and salami.
Fish that are high in mercury, including shark, swordfish, king mackerel, or
||The baby is called this in the early stages of development, before 8
||Type of pain medication that is injected around the spinal cord during labour, which causes numbness in the lower
||The name used for the unborn baby from the end of the 8th week until
||Uncontolled leakage from your bladder or bowel
||Sometimes it is necessary to medically help your body begin the process of labour, this is called
||Organ inside the uterus that is attached to the baby by the umbilical cord.
The placenta feeds the baby whilst it is in your
||Labour is the birth of a child12.
||The process of milk production.
Milk is secreted by the mammary glands, which are located within the fatty tissue of the breast.
A hormone, oxytocin, is produced in response to the upcoming birth of a new baby.
The hormone starts contractions and begins the lactation process.
For the first few hours of breast-feeding, a special fluid called colostrum is delivered, which is especially high in nutrients, fats, and antibodies to protect the newborn from infection.
After a few hours the hormones control the amount of milk produced for the whole time you
||The spontaneous loss of a baby before it has developed enough to survive in the outside
||A doctor who is a specialist in maternity care as well as women's reproductive
female hormone produced by the ovaries.
It has a number of functions such as promoting the development and
maintenance of female reproductive structures and stimulating the
milk producing glands in the breasts.
||Pasteurisation eliminates bacteria from foods.
Most of the milk and yogurt you buy in the grocery store is pasteurised.
This is what you want during pregnancy.
||The period of time after the
which, among other things, is involved in stimulating the milk producing glands in the breasts.
||Soft (often advertised as
'fresh') cheeses are feta, goats cheese, Brie, Camembert, and blue
||One of the three periods of approximately 3 months each into which pregnancy is divided.
imaging technique used to visualise a foetus during routine
||The cord that carries blood, oxygen and nutrients to the baby from the placenta during
||The uterus is a hollow pear-shaped muscle in which the baby grows throughout pregnancy.
Also called 'the
||A birth that takes place in a
birthing tub that has a controlled temperature17.