Here are some words that OB nurses and physicians use and say all the time. Now you will know the code!
Primigravida – this is your first pregnancy
Multigravida – this is NOT your first pregnancy
Grand Multip – you’ve had a lot of babies and when you go complete you could probably cough this one out!
Complete – you’ve made it to 10 centimeters and 100% effaced…any time now you will start pushing.
CPD – your hips are too narrow…your baby wont fit through your pelvis, no matter how much pushing you do.
Preterm – you are less than 37 weeks.
PIH – high blood pressure caused by being pregnant.
Eclamptic – you have PIH and now you’re having seizures.
Mag – magnesium sulfate, a drug used to prevent you from having seizures or to help you stop contracting if you’re preterm. It will make you feel very hot and flushed, kind of like you’ve had too much wine (but not in a good way!)
Laboring Down – the nurse and doctor is going to allow your baby to find the exit on it’s own. This means you wont push as long. Woohoo!
Pit – Pitocin or Oxytocin. A drug that is like gasoline for your contractions…it’s purpose is to make you contract harder and faster.