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Pregnancy and Childbirth

MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY RELATED TO PREGNANCY

MEDICAL TERMS MEANING
Prenatal / antenatal Preceding birth
Gestation Duration of pregnancy (280 Days/40 weeks or three trimesters)

The first trimester is from 1-12 weeks

The second trimester is from 13- 28 weeks

The third trimester is from 29 weeks to 40 weeks

Term baby Baby born between 37-42 weeks, such a baby is fully mature.
Preterm baby One born before 37 weeks, such a baby is not fully mature
Post term baby One born after 42 weeks
Foetus Baby developing inside the mother’s uterus
Low birth weight Weight of the baby at birth is less than 2.5 kg.