Antenatal Notes (Part 2)
Are you ready for part 2? Well here goes….
Relation of PP to brim: - Your midwife will measure how much of your baby’s head/bottom can be felt above the brim of your pelvis as fifths: 5/5 means that the head is not engaged; 0/5 means that the head is fully engaged.
Eng/E: Engaged - Head engaged.
NE: Not engaged
AC: Abdominal circumference - The size of your baby’s stomach measured during a scan. This is used with your baby’s head circumference (HC) and leg length to calculate his estimated weight.
CRL: Crown-rump length
LMP: Last menstrual period
EDD/EDC: Estimated date of delivery/Estimated date of confinement
FBC: Full blood count - This refers to a blood test that checks the levels of haemoglobin in your blood. Haemoglobin is a substance found in red blood cells that carries oxygen around your body to your baby. The test also checks your blood’s platelet levels. These help your blood to clot.
Hb: Haemoglobin - Iron is a big component of haemoglobin so if your midwife finds your levels are low and you’re anaemic, she may prescribe an iron supplement.
Fe: Iron - You’ve been prescribed iron to treat anaemia.
TCA: To come again
Height of Fundus: - The measurement from the top of your uterus to the top of your pubic bone. This is used to ensure your baby is growing at a normal rate.
SFD: Small for dates
LFD: Large for dates
PET: Pregnancy Induced Hypertension - Better known as pre-eclampsia, this is a common complication of pregnancy that affects blood pressure.
Oedema: This is the medical term for fluid retention, which leads to swelling. It is common to swell around your hands and feet during pregnancy but if you experience sudden swelling, contact your midwife. Combined with high blood pressure and/or protein in your urine this may be a sign of pre-eclampsia.
CS: Caesarean section
H/T: Hypertension -High blood pressure.
MSU: Midstream specimen of urine - When MSU is noted, it means a specimen has been sent to the hospital lab to test it for infection. Urine is tested at every antenatal appointment for protein and glucose. Protein may indicate infection, pregnancy induced hypertension or it could just be a contaminated sample. Glucose may be the first indicator of gestational diabetes. Or, it could just be that you had a jam donut, a chocolate bar and other sugary delights before filling up the pee pot! Further tests are then carried out if either protein of glucose are detected.
Primip: Primigravida - This is your first pregnancy.
Multip: Multigravida - You’ve given birth previously.
VE: Vaginal examination.
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