There are a lot of new experiences that come about when you’re pregnant — or even around pregnant people. I am 15 weeks pregnant right now with my fourth and although I’ve been through this all before, so much of it seems like the first time all over again. It’s been 5 years since I’ve done this. I am 5 years older, I work, I have kids in school, and I am not as immersed into the whole pregnancy thing as I was years ago. I am so thankful I get to experience this all over again and looking forward to what the upcoming months bring.
Like I said, with pregnancy brings a lot of new experiences and it also brings with it a whole new set of vocabulary. Most of these words you may not have heard otherwise. They sound strange, mean strange things, and medical words always sound a little off to the rest of us.
Click through to read 10 words that you’ve likely only heard through pregnancy and birth:
Being born “in the caul” is a rare thing meaning that the baby has a piece of membrane covering their head and face — the membrane being the amniotic sac, usually. According to Wikipedia, caul births happen in fewer than 1 in 80,000 births and is totally harmless. Being born “en-caul” is when the baby is born entirely in the amniotic sac — broken or in tact.
It’s a strange sounding word for not the most pretty of things. It’s the usually totally harmless discharge that’s upped in ante when you’re pregnant. Thanks to the pregnancy important hormone, progesterone, it’s something pregnant woman have to deal with — some more than others.
If you’ve had a baby or seen a newborn that’s covered in curdy white stuff — that’s called vernix. It’s not always cute looking, but according to studies listed on Bliss Birth, there are a lot of benefits of vernix. It coats the skin of a newborn babe that starts developing at about 18 weeks gestation.
Simply said: it’s the baby’s first poop. Often black/greenish and thick.
It’s the time of pregnancy before giving birth. I have no idea why they can’t just say “pregnant” — it’s far simpler.
6) Fundal height
Fundal height is measuring the size (or height) of your uterus used to access the growth of the baby. Each prenatal appointment, your doctor will push on your stomach to find how high the uterus is and measure from your pelvis to the top. Typically, in my experience, your uterus grows one inch for each week of pregnancy.
Medical language really loves their Latin or something. This term just means a pregnant woman who’s had at least one pregnancy before. Grand Multigravada is someone who’s had at least two pregnancies before. I don’t know what title I would have — I’ve been pregnant so many times.
Sounds pretty close to multigravida, but has a slightly different meaning. This one is specific to how many viable babies a woman has given birth to, not to be confused with how many pregnancies a woman has had. So, a woman who has given birth to a viable (usually after 24 weeks) baby, whether or not that baby has survived.
Fancy word for “swelling” sometimes spelled “Edema”. Fluid retention that is not totally uncommon during pregnancy, but can sometimes signal something else going on that should be followed up by the doctor.
It’s the first breast milk produced during pregnancy and early birth. It only typically lasts for a few days after birth and is the first form of food your baby eats (if they’re breastfed) and has been said to have many benefits of colostrum. It contains very high contents of carbohydrates, proteins, and antibodies to help your baby’s digestive system and immune system.
What strange or weird words/phrases did you get introduced to through pregnancy or birth?
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