What does pregnancy mean?

Definitions for pregnancy
ˈprɛg nən sipreg·nan·cy

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word pregnancy.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pregnancy, gestation, maternity(noun)

    the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus

Wiktionary

  1. pregnancy(Noun)

    The condition of being pregnant.

  2. pregnancy(Noun)

    The period of time this condition prevails.

  3. pregnancy(Noun)

    The progression of stages from conception to birth.

Wikipedia

  1. Pregnancy

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pregnancy(noun)

    the condition of being pregnant; the state of being with young

  2. Pregnancy(noun)

    figuratively: The quality of being heavy with important contents, issue, significance, etc.; unusual consequence or capacity; fertility

Freebase

  1. Pregnancy

    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

  1. Pregnancy

    The status during which female mammals carry their developing young (EMBRYOS or FETUSES) in utero before birth, beginning from FERTILIZATION to BIRTH.

Editors Contribution

  1. pregnancy

    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

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pregnancy' in Nouns Frequency: #2002

How to pronounce pregnancy?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say pregnancy in sign language?

  1. pregnancy

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pregnancy in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pregnancy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of pregnancy in a Sentence

  1. Laura Berman:

    I find meditation to be an incredibly useful tool for managing stress, unlike exercise, which can be difficult for moms who are very far along in their pregnancy, meditation works for every stage of pregnancy and every size of woman.

  2. Sarah Brown:

    We decided that we’ve been surprised enough for one pregnancy, so we ’ll be prepared for at least one thing.

  3. David Ficker:

    Fortunately, for many women, there are alternative medications that can be used that have a better safety profile during pregnancy.

  4. Michael Twigg:

    The consequences of not discussing appropriate use of medicines during pregnancy. . . can be serious.

  5. Katrina Mark:

    It is unethical to purposely expose women and their unborn babies to marijuana during pregnancy to study outcomes, marijuana in pregnancy is... not as black and white as something like alcohol.

Images & Illustrations of pregnancy

  1. pregnancypregnancypregnancypregnancypregnancy

Popularity rank by frequency of use

pregnancy#1#3287#10000

Translations for pregnancy

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for pregnancy »

Translation

Find a translation for the pregnancy definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Discuss these pregnancy definitions with the community:

0 Comments

    Citation

    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "pregnancy." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2020. Web. 30 Sep. 2020. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/pregnancy>.

    Are we missing a good definition for pregnancy? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for pregnancy:


    Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.