Quickening: The first fetal movements felt by the mother.
Rh factor: A group of antigens in the blood.
Rubella: Also called German measles. If contracted by woman during pregnancy, it can result in birth defects.
Show: The blood-stained mucus from the vagina, indicating that labor is about to begin.
Stillbirth: Delivery of a dead fetus after 28 weeks' gestation.
Striae: Streaks or "stretch marks" seen on the abdomen of a pregnant woman.
Toxemia of pregnancy: Another term for preeclampsia.
Toxoplasmosis: A disease caused by a parasite. It may be present in undercooked meat or cat feces.
Transverse presentation: Position in which the fetus is lying at right angles to the cervix when labor begins.
Trimester: One-third of a pregnancy.
Tubal pregnancy: The most common form of ectopic pregnancy, in which a fertilized egg begins to develop in the fallopian tube.
Umbilical cord: The structure through which the fetus draws blood, and thus oxygen and nutrients, from the placenta.
Vernix: A white, sticky substance that covers the fetus in the uterus.
Sources: What to Expect When You're Expecting, Workman Publishing Co., 1991; Complete Pregnancy and Baby Book, Publications International, Ltd., 1987; National Women's Health Information Center/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Dr. Miriam Stoppard's Pregnancy and Birth Book, Ballantine Books, 1987
Reviewed 11/02 by Elizabeth Stein, CNM
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