The word primipara refers to a woman who has given birth to her first child. It comes from the Latin root word “parere” which means to bring forth and is used to describe a woman who had only given birth once. The term is sometimes used more broadly to describe any woman who has given birth to one child, regardless of the outcome of the birth. In some cases, it may also be used to describe a woman who is about to give birth to her first child.
Some birthing experts use the word primip which is the shortened form of primipara. Another form of the word is primiparous, an adjective that means “having given birth to one offspring.”
Primipara can also be used outside of the birth industry to describe other first-time achievers. For example, a woman who has become a CEO for the first time could be called a primipara in the business world.
Other terms closely related to the term primipara include:
-Primigravida: A woman who is pregnant for the first time.
-Multipara: A woman who has given birth more than once.
-Multigravida: A woman who has been pregnant more than once.
-Nullipara: A woman who has not given birth to a child, regardless of how many times she has been pregnant.
-Nulligravida: A woman who has not been pregnant.
-Jabara: A woman who has given birth to more than one child, but all of them were premature or stillborn.
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