Hemorrhage: Heavy bleeding.
Hormone: A substance released by glands to stimulate certain activity in the body.
Hydrocephalus: A congenital birth defect in which excessive fluid gathers in the baby's skull.
Induction: Artificial starting of labor.
Jaundice: Yellow discoloration of the skin caused by the inability of the body to break down excess red blood cells.
Labia: The skin folds on the sides of the opening of the vagina.
Lactation: Production of milk by the breasts.
Lanugo: Fine hairs present on the body of a fetus.
Lightening: The time when the baby descends into the pelvic cavity in preparation for birth. Also known as engagement.
Linea nigra: A dark line that appears on the abdomen during pregnancy.
Lochia: The discharge of blood, mucus, and other fluids from the vagina after childbirth.
Meconium: The bowel movement (feces) of a baby before, during, or soon after birth.
Miscarriage: Spontaneous ending of the pregnancy prior to 24 weeks' gestation.
Mucus: A sticky substance produced by glands.
Neural tube defects: Abnormalities in the spinal cord.