Abortion to Autism

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Abortion

An abortion is the intentional interruption or termination of pregnancy at any time from conception through birth. "Spontaneous abortion" is what the medical community sometimes calls a miscarriage.

 

Abortus

An aborted fetus less than 12 gestational weeks of age is sometimes referred to as an abortus.

Abruptio Placenta

Abruptio Placenta is the premature separation of the placenta from the inner wall of the uterus.

Accidental Hemorrhage

An accidental hemorrhage is an unexpected loss of blood or bleeding.

Afterbirth

The afterbirth is the placenta and other materials expelled from the mother after a baby is born.

Alpha-Fetoprotein (AFP)

APF, or Alpha-Fetoprotein, is a protein made by the baby as it grows inside the womb.

Amniocentesis

Amniocentesis is a test used to detect various genetic defects or lung maturity of an unborn baby by using a needle to remove a small amount of fluid from the amniotic sac surrounding the fetus.

Amniotic Fluid

Amniotic fluid is the liquid surrounding the baby in the womb or, the "water" that breaks when a woman is ready to give birth.

Amniotic Sac

The amniotic sac is the sac that surrounds the baby inside the womb and contains the baby, the placenta and amniotic fluid.

Amniotomy

Amniotomy is the intentional rupturing of the amniotic sac to induce labor.

Anemia

Anemia is a condition where the blood has too few red blood cells.

Anesthesia

Anesthesia is a partial or complete loss of sensation (or consciousness) caused by an anesthetic medication.

Apgar score

The Apgar score or scale is a rating given to a newborn at one and five minutes old, to assess color, heart rate, muscle tone, respiration and reflexes. Scores closest to 10 are the best.

Areola

The areola is the pigmented or dark-colored skin around the nipple.

Asthma

Asthma is a condition often caused by an allergic reaction. Symptoms include: attacks of shortness of breath, coughing or gasping, wheezing and sense of constriction in the chest or throat.

Autism

Autism is a developmental disorder that usually appears by age 3. Some symptoms include: difficulty in forming sentences, difficulty in forming social relationships and impairment in communicating with others.