Pregnacare Tips: Glossary

1. Caesarean Section

A surgical operation to deliver the baby through an incision in the abdomen. Performed either as a planned method of birth but is also sometimes required if attempted vaginal delivery fails to progress satisfactorily.

2. Contractions

The abdomen visibility moves as the muscles within the uterus (womb) try to push the baby downwards - these can be painful.

3. Canula

A needle placed into the back to deliver anaesthetic drugs to spinal nerves giving pain relief during labour.

4. Conception

The moment when the male sperm fertilises the female egg giving rise to the first stages of foetal development.

5. Depo-Provera

Contraceptive medication, which is given by injection every three months.

6. Epidural

The process of providing pain relief in labour through injection of anaesthetic medication into the space surrounding the spinal cord.

7. Gas and Air

Pain-relieving medication called 'nitrous oxide' inhaled through a mask during the labour process.

8. Intrauterine Contraceptive Device (I.U.C.D) 

A small device, which can be inserted into the womb to prevent pregnancy occurring - these can remain in place up to seven years if necessary.

9. Miscarriage

Inability of a pregnancy to continue further - usually presents as 'period like' vaginal bleeding in the early stages of pregnancy.

10.Morning Sickness (Hyperemesis)

Nausea and vomiting caused by the rise in hormones produced during the early stages of pregnancy.

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Please note that any health tips or advice provided on this site are not intended as, and should not be regarded as a substitute for medical advice from your doctor or health professional.

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