Obstetrical Terms

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Substance produced by the unborn baby as it grows inside the uterus. Large amounts of AFP are found in the amniotic fluid. Larger-than normal amounts are found in the maternal bloodstream if neural-tube defects are present in the fetus.
Substances that act as building blocks in the developing embryo and fetus.
Removal of amniotic fluid from the amniotic sac. Fluid is tested for some genetic defects.
Membrane around the fetus. It surrounds the amniotic cavity.
Liquid surrounding the baby inside the amniotic sac.
Sac that surrounds baby inside the uterus. It contains the baby, the placenta and the amniotic fluid.
Any condition in which the number of red blood cells is less than normal. Term usually applies to the concentration of the oxygen-transporting material in the blood, which is the red blood cell.
Defective development of the brain combined with the absence of the bones normally surrounding the brain.
Tumor, usually benign, or swelling composed of lymph and blood vessels.
Lack of or cessation of ovulation.
Pigmented or colored ring surrounding the nipple of the breast.
Irregular or missed heartbeat.
Swallowing or sucking a foreign body or fluid, such as vomit, into an airway.
Flaccid; relaxed; lack of tone.
Antibodies that attack parts of your body or your own tissues.