Important Terms Needed To Know During Pregnancy

Antibodies

These are proteins that are produced by the body’s immune system when it detects a harmful substance in your body, like bacteria or viruses.

Each type of antibody is unique and defends the body against one specific type of harmful substance.

Bladdera

The place where your urine collects

Blood pressure

This is the pressure in your blood vessels, when it is being pumped around your body by your heart. Measuring this pressure can help healthcare providers to know when you are sick.

Carbohydrates

These are starchy, filling foods that give you energy.

Cervix

The opening to your womb. Your cervix opens wide during labour to allow your baby to be born.

Contractions

These are the tightening and relaxing of the womb that happens in labour. They feel like strong period pains.

Contractions gradually move your baby down through the birth canal, ready to be born.

Dehydrated

Your body needs water to stay healthy. If you are dehydrated, this means that your body does not have enough water.

Eclampsia

A serious condition where you have fits or seizures. it happens if pre-eclampsia is not treated.

Folic acid:

This is a vitamin. It helps to protect your baby from developing faults in his spine, called spina bifida.

Hormones:

These chemicals take messages around your body. They move through your bloodstream from special places where they are made, called glands, to your tissues or organs. They work slowly, over time, and affect many different processes in your body, like growth and development, your mood, sex, pregnancy and birth.

Placenta

Or afterbirth, is the part of you which feeds your baby and keeps her alive in the womb

Pre-eclampsia:

This is a sudden rise in your blood pressure, which can happen after 20 weeks of pregnancy. It can be dangerous for you and your baby, and can mean that your baby needs to be born early.

Protein

Proteins are body building foods.

Vagina

The passage leading from the cervix to the outside of your body. It is sometimes called your birth canal.

Vitamins

These are found in foods. Your body needs to have a variety of different vitamins to keep healthy.

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