Definitions for pregnancy
ˈprɛg nən sipreg·nan·cy
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pregnancy, gestation, maternitynoun
the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus
The condition of being pregnant.
The period of time this condition prevails.
The progression of stages from conception to birth.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: from pregnant.
The breast is encompassed with ribs, and the belly left free, for respiration; and in females, for that extraordinary extension in the time of their pregnancy. John Ray, on the Creation.
Pregnancy is made a tapster, and hath his quick wit wasted in giving reckonings. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.
This writer, out of the pregnancy of his invention, hath found out an old way of insinuating the grossest reflections under the appearance of admonitions. Jonathan Swift, Miscel.
Pregnancy, also known as gestation, is the time during which one or more offspring develops inside a woman. A multiple pregnancy involves more than one offspring, such as with twins. Pregnancy can occur by sexual intercourse or assisted reproductive technology. A pregnancy may end in a live birth, abortion, or miscarriage, though access to safe abortion care varies globally. Childbirth typically occurs around 40 weeks from the start of the last menstrual period (LMP). This is just over nine months, where each month averages 31 days. When measured from fertilization it is about 38 weeks. An embryo is the developing offspring during the first eight weeks following fertilization, after which, the term fetus is used until birth. Symptoms of early pregnancy may include missed periods, tender breasts, nausea and vomiting, hunger, and frequent urination. Pregnancy may be confirmed with a pregnancy test.Pregnancy is divided into three trimesters, each lasting for approximately 3 months. The first trimester includes conception, which is when the sperm fertilizes the egg. The fertilized egg then travels down the fallopian tube and attaches to the inside of the uterus, where it begins to form the embryo and placenta. During the first trimester, the possibility of miscarriage (natural death of embryo or fetus) is at its highest. Around the middle of the second trimester, movement of the fetus may be felt. At 28 weeks, more than 90% of babies can survive outside of the uterus if provided with high-quality medical care.Prenatal care improves pregnancy outcomes. Prenatal care may include taking extra folic acid, avoiding drugs and alcohol, regular exercise, blood tests, and regular physical examinations. Complications of pregnancy may include disorders of high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, iron-deficiency anemia, and severe nausea and vomiting among others. In the ideal childbirth labor begins on its own when a woman is "at term". Babies born before 37 weeks are "preterm" and at higher risk of health problems such as cerebral palsy. Babies born between weeks 37 and 39 are considered "early term" while those born between weeks 39 and 41 are considered "full term". Babies born between weeks 41 and 42 weeks are considered "late term" while after 42 week they are considered "post term". Delivery before 39 weeks by labor induction or caesarean section is not recommended unless required for other medical reasons.About 213 million pregnancies occurred in 2012, of which, 190 million (89%) were in the developing world and 23 million (11%) were in the developed world. The number of pregnancies in women ages 15 to 44 is 133 per 1,000 women. About 10% to 15% of recognized pregnancies end in miscarriage. In 2016, complications of pregnancy resulted in 230,600 maternal deaths, down from 377,000 deaths in 1990. Common causes include bleeding, infections, hypertensive diseases of pregnancy, obstructed labor, and complications associated with miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, or elective abortion. Globally, 44% of pregnancies are unplanned. Over half (56%) of unplanned pregnancies are aborted. Among unintended pregnancies in the United States, 60% of the women used birth control to some extent during the month pregnancy occurred.
Pregnancy is a biological state in which a woman carries a developing embryo or fetus within her womb after the fertilization of an egg by a sperm. This process normally lasts about 40 weeks or approximately nine months, from the last menstrual period to childbirth. It is often divided into three trimesters, each with distinctive physical changes for the mother and growth milestones for the baby.
the condition of being pregnant; the state of being with young
figuratively: The quality of being heavy with important contents, issue, significance, etc.; unusual consequence or capacity; fertility
Pregnancy is the fertilization and development of one or more offspring, known as an embryo or fetus, in a woman's uterus. In a pregnancy, there can be multiple gestations, as in the case of twins or triplets. Childbirth usually occurs about 38 weeks after conception; in women who have a menstrual cycle length of four weeks, this is approximately 40 weeks from the start of the last normal menstrual period. Human pregnancy is the most studied of all mammalian pregnancies. Conception can be achieved through sexual intercourse or assisted reproductive technology. An embryo is the developing offspring during the first 8 weeks following conception, and subsequently the term fetus is used until birth. In many societies' medical or legal definitions, human pregnancy is somewhat arbitrarily divided into three trimester periods, as a means to simplify reference to the different stages of prenatal development. The first trimester carries the highest risk of miscarriage. During the second trimester, the development of the fetus can be more easily monitored and diagnosed. The beginning of the third trimester often approximates the point of viability, or the ability of the fetus to survive, with or without medical help, outside of the uterus.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
The status during which female mammals carry their developing young (EMBRYOS or FETUSES) in utero before birth, beginning from FERTILIZATION to BIRTH.
A known period of time being pregnant.
Pregnancy is beautiful and is a miracle and the baby is the gift on completion.
Submitted by MaryC on September 6, 2020
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'pregnancy' in Nouns Frequency: #2002
The numerical value of pregnancy in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of pregnancy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
We're totally against interrupting the pregnancy, the girl is getting assistance permanently in a shelter and the pregnancy is progressing normally without a problem.
If men were equally at risk from this condition -- if they knew their bellies might swell as if they were suffering from end-stage cirrhosis, that they would have to go nearly a year without a stiff drink, a cigarette, or even an aspirin, that they would be subject to fainting spells and unable to fight their way onto commuter trains -- then I am sure that pregnancy would be classified as a sexually transmitted disease and abortions would be no more controversial than emergency appendectomies.
If pregnancy were a book, they would cut the last two chapters.
If pregnancy were a book they would cut the last two chapters.
This study not only highlights the risk of reproductive cancers for daughters of women who smoke in pregnancy but suggests why this might occur at a biological level, the behaviors and condition of mothers during pregnancy are extremely important for the health of their children long into the future.
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- prenyat, embaràsCatalan, Valencian
- graviditet, svangerskabDanish
- κύηση, κυοφορία, εγκυμοσύνηGreek
- haurduntza, haurdunaldiBasque
- حاملگی, بارداری, آبستنیPersian
- raskaus, sikiönkehitys, raskausaikaFinnish
- grossesse, gestationFrench
- swierwêzenWestern Frisian
- leatrom, torraicheas, leatromachdScottish Gaelic
- preñazo, preñez, embarazoGalician
- екіқабаттық, жүктілікKazakh
- ដំណើរ មានគភ៌Khmer
- 妊娠, 임신Korean
- жүктүүлүк, бооздук, кош кабаттуулукKyrgyz
- praegnātiō, graviditās, gravitas, graviditateLatin
- kukunetanga, hapūtangaMāori
- brzemienność, ciążaPolish
- graviditate, sarcinăRomanian
- трудноћа, bremenitost, бременитост, trudnoćaSerbo-Croatian
- обистанӣ, бордорӣ, ҳомилагӣTajik
- hamilelik, gebelikTurkish
- homiladorlik, boʻgʻozlikUzbek
- có thai, mang thaiVietnamese
- טראָגעדיקייט, שוואַנגערשאַפֿט, שוואַנגערשאַפטYiddish
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