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Nathalie Claire

Nuchal Cord Definition

Nuchal Cord, also known as True Knot, is a condition that can occur during pregnancy when the umbilical cord becomes entangled around the baby’s neck. This can happen either before or during labor and delivery. Nuchal cords are more common than you might think, occurring in about 1 in 3 pregnancies.  Risk Factors and Complications There are several risk factors associated with nuchal cord development. These include: Advanced maternal age (35 years or older) Obesity Smoking Diabetes Use of assisted

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Birth Definitions
Nathalie Claire

Hypnobirthing Definition

Hypnobirthing, also known as the “Mongan Method” or “Mind-Body Birthing”, is a term used in the pregnancy and birthing industry to describe a particular approach to childbirth. This natural childbirth method is said to be based on the belief that the mind can have a powerful influence on the body and, specifically, on the birthing process. It involves giving birth in a state of deep relaxation. This state is achieved through various means, including visualization and breathing exercises. The purpose

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Birth Definitions
Nathalie Claire

Oligohydramnios Definition

Oligohydramnios, also known as low amniotic fluid, is a condition that can occur during pregnancy. It is characterized by a decrease in the amount of amniotic fluid surrounding the fetus. Amniotic fluid is important for fetal development and helps to protect the fetus from infection and trauma. It can occur at any point during pregnancy, but is most common in the third trimester. Causes There are a number of different causes of oligohydramnios, including: Placental insufficiency: This occurs when the

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Nathalie Claire

Threatened Miscarriage Definition

A threatened miscarriage is when you experience symptoms that suggest that you may miscarry, but the pregnancy is still viable. This can happen in the early stages of pregnancy, before you even know you’re pregnant. Symptoms of a threatened miscarriage include vaginal bleeding and cramping. The bleeding may be light or heavy, and it may or may not be accompanied by clots. The cramping may be mild or severe. In most cases, a threatened miscarriage will resolve on its own

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Birth Definitions
Nathalie Claire

Hegar’s Sign Definition

Hegar’s sign, also known as Hegar’s sign of pregnancy, is a sign used to confirm pregnancy, typically occurring between the sixth and eighth weeks of gestation, and is also used to estimate gestational age. It is characterized by the softening of the lower uterine segment and cervical dilatation in response to pressure from the growing fetus. Hegar’s Sign was first described in 1879 by German gynecologist Ernst Heinrich Georg August Ludwig Hegar. It is named after him. The exact cause

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Birth Definitions
Nathalie Claire

Protracted Labor Definition

Protracted labor is a term used in the pregnancy and birthing industry to describe a particularly long and difficult labor. It is characterized by a slow or stalled dilation of the cervix, often accompanied by strong and painful contractions. Protracted labor can be caused by a number of factors, including a large baby, an unusually shaped pelvis, the mother’s pelvis being small, the muscles of the uterus not contracting effectively,  or problems with the positioning of the baby. Protracted labor

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