Say Whaaat?!? Learning the Lingo in Labor and Delivery

Here are some words that OB nurses and physicians use and say all the time.  Now you will know the code! 😉

Primigravida – This is your first pregnancy.
Multigravida – This is NOT your first pregnancy.
Grand Multip – You’ve had a lot of babies and when you go complete you could probably cough this one out!
Complete –  You’ve made it to 10 centimeters and 100% effaced…any time now you will start pushing.
CPD – Your hips are too narrow…your baby wont fit through your pelvis, no matter how much pushing you do.
Preterm – You are less than 37 weeks.
PIH or Preeclampsia – High blood pressure caused by your pregnancy.
Eclamptic – You have preeclampsia and now you’re having seizures.
Mag – Magnesium sulfate, a drug used to prevent you from having seizures or to help you stop contracting. It will make you feel very hot and flushed, kind of like you’ve had too much wine (but not in a good way!)
Laboring Down – the nurse and obstetrician are going to allow your baby to find the exit on it’s own. This means you wont push as long.  Woohoo!
Pit – Pitocin or Oxytocin. A drug that is like gasoline for your contractions…it’s purpose is to make you contract harder and faster.
AROM  – Someone is going to break your bag of water artificially (it didn’t break on it’s own).
TOT – Otherwise known as tired of toting :/

Until my next delivery ❤

4 thoughts on “Say Whaaat?!? Learning the Lingo in Labor and Delivery

  • August 8, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Hope their not gonna have to kill you after divulging some of these lol!

  • October 24, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Grand Multip – I’ve never heard that before. So does having more babies really make a difference? I only ask bc my 2nd baby, who is 2 now…I didn’t cough her out, but I did vomit her out. Literally. I pushed the first time and it made me incredibly ill, so I started throwing up. Suddenly, there was a 10lb baby on my chest lol. She came out from the pressure of me puking lol

    • October 24, 2014 at 5:56 pm

      lol that’s funny. I’ve had a patient do that. And I’ve had a patient cough a baby out, sneeze a baby out, and of course, scream a baby out! lol

      • April 16, 2016 at 6:01 pm

        I had one laugh a baby out!


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