Relaxin – Hormone responsible for the stretching and softening of joints and ligaments in preparation for labor and delivery

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.

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