Obstetrical Terms

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Baby comes into the birth canal face first.
Tube that leads from the cavity of the uterus to the area of the ovary. Also called uterine tube.
Tightening of uterus without dilatation of the cervix.
Blood test to evaluate the amount of sugar in the blood following a time period of fasting.
Joining of the sperm and egg.
Dating a pregnancy from the time of fertilization. 2 weeks earlier than the gestational age.
Fetal malformation or abnormal development.
Enlargement of the thyroid in the fetus.
Device used before or during labor to listen to and record the fetal heartbeat. Can be external monitoring (through maternal abdomen) or internal monitoring (through maternal vagina) of the baby inside the uterus.
Time period following the embryonic period (first 10 weeks of gestation) until birth.
Inadequate growth of the fetus during the last stages of pregnancy.
Refers to the unborn baby after 10 weeks of gestation until birth.
Instrument used to help remove baby from the birth canal during delivery.
Baby presenting buttocks first. Legs are flexed and knees extended.