• T

     

    Threatened abortion: Bleeding during the first trimester without cramping or contractions; does not result in termination of pregnancy

     

    Tocolysis: Medical procedure that inhibits contractions during premature labor

     

    Transition: Phase of labor just before pushing, at about 6 cm dilation; contractions are more intense and are less predictable in duration and frequency

     

    U

     

    Umbilical cord: Cord connecting the placenta to the fetus, through which nutrients and oxygen from the mother are passed and waste products from the baby are expelled

     

    Uterus (womb): Sack like organ where an embryo/fetus grows

     

    V

     

    Vacuum extraction: Medical procedure where a suction cup attached to a vacuum pump is placed on a baby’s head to aid in vaginal delivery

     

    Varicose veins: Enlarged blood vessels; commonly develop during last trimester

     

    Z

     

    Zygote: Cell that results from the union of a sperm and egg at fertilization




    Check out the 1st part of our Pregnancy Glossary


    SOURCES:
    The Mother of All Parenting Books by Ann DouglasWhat to Expect When You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff, Arlene Eisenberg, andSandee HathawayWebsites: americanpregnancy.org ; happyhealthypregnancy.com ; pregnancy-info.net ; pregnancy.about.com ; birth.com 

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