Rh Incompatibility – When a mother is Rh negative and the fetus is Rh positive, the mother can produce antibodies, which attack the fetal red blood cells, resulting in increased bilirubin, decreased red blood cell count and even heart failure.
Ritodrine – Medication used during premature labor, used to stop or slow contractions
Round Ligament Pain – Due to stretching of the ligaments that hold the expanding uterus women tend to feel discomfort in the lower area of the abdomen
SIDS – Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is the unexplained death of a healthy infant
Sonogram – Another title for an ultrasound
Spina Bifida – Defects in the bones and tissues surrounding the spinal cord
Still Birth – The death of a baby that is past 20 weeks gestation in the uterus
Striae Gravidarum – Also known as stretch marks, a result of stretched or torn areas of the skin
Terbutaline – Medication used to reduce contractions of the uterus. More commonly used for asthma
Tilted Uterus – A uterus that leans towards the back of the pelvis instead of staying vertically straight
Tocolytic – Used to stop or slow contractions during preterm labor
Toxemia – A hypertension disorder. Elevated blood pressure, edema and protein in the urine
Trimester – Pregnancy is divided into three 13-week periods.