This glossary describes more than 100 common terms used during the 9 months of a pregnancy. In American Sign Language.
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Braxton Hicks contractions: Braxton hicks contractions are when you experience false contractions that are not taking place in the uterus, your abdomen will become firm and it feels almost like a leg cramp. Cervix: Cervix internally located right above your vagina is your cervix. That's what dilates and opens and allows the baby to pass through. Crowning: Crowing, is when the baby's head is visible through the vaginal opening. Effacement: Effacement is when the cervical muscles begin to thin and your cervix begins to dilate. Epidural: An epidural is given during the painful stages of labor prior to delivery and injection is given in the lower back to numb the lower half of your body. Fetus: Fetus is the term used to describe a developing baby after the 8th week through the 9th month of pregnancy. Induction: Induction is using artificial means to start labor, not through natural means, but for example puncturing the membranes to break the mother's water or using some sort of drug or medicine through IV form like Pitocin. This will initiate labor. Lactation: Lactation is the formation and movement of milk through the mammary glands.