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Pregnancy

Pregnancy is the fertilization and development of offspring in a women's uterus.

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aorta

Parenting; Pregnancy

The artery responsible for bringing blood from the heart to the rest of the body. Lying faceup during pregnancy can compress the aorta.

apgar score

Parenting; Pregnancy

A newborn baby's first test. Given one minute after a baby is born, then again five minutes later, the Apgar assesses the newborn's appearance (skin color), pulse, grimace (reflex), activity (muscle ...

apnea

Parenting; Pregnancy

A condition in which breathing stops briefly during sleep, temporarily reducing the amount of oxygen that is taken in.

areola

Parenting; Pregnancy

The dark area on the breast surrounding the nipple. During pregnancy, the areola can spread and darken. While breastfeeding, the baby compresses the areola to extract breast milk.

aromatherapy

Parenting; Pregnancy

Scented oils that are used to heal body, mind, and spirit. Most experts advise caution when using aromatherapy during pregnancy, since some aromas in a concentrated form can be hazardous.

artificial insemination

Parenting; Pregnancy

A process used to help a woman trying to conceive when natural methods fail. Sperm is inserted into the woman's uterus using a catheter.

artificial rupture of the membranes

Parenting; Pregnancy

The bursting of the sac holding the amniotic fluid using an instrument resembling a crochet hook with a pointy tip. Practitioners often rupture the membranes to speed up a labor that has slowed.

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