Effacement to Episiotomy

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Ectoderm

Ectoderm is the outer layer of cells that become parts of the developing baby, including skin, teeth, the glands of the mouth, the nervous system and pituitary gland.

 

Ectopic Pregnancy

An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy that occurs outside of the uterus, sometimes referred to as a "tubal pregnancy."

Eczema

A skin inflammation that causes itching and redness, and sometimes blistering and peeling as well.

Effacement

The gradual thinning of the cervix is called effacement and is measured by percentages. 100 percent indicates complete effacement.

Embryo

An embryo is the fertilized ovum, from shortly after fertilization until eight weeks' gestation.

Endoderm

The endoderm is the innermost layer of cells of the developing baby that become tissues such as the digestive tract, respiratory organs, vagina, bladder and urethra.

Engagement

Engagement is when the baby has descended into the pelvis, up to 3 or 4 weeks before labor begins. Also referred to as "lightening."

Engorgement

During pregnancy, engorgement refers to the breasts becoming liquid-filled.

Epidural

An epidural is anesthesia used to decrease or eliminate pain during labor. It is administered using a small needle, and sometimes a catheter, into a woman's lower back. Also referred to as an "epidural block."

Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a condition which produces brief disturbances in the brain's normal electrical functions that typically include attacks of convulsions.

Episiotomy

An episiotomy is a surgical incision to enlarge the vaginal opening prior to delivery, to avoid tearing and prevent laceration.