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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a pregnancy test (=to find out if someone is pregnant)
ectopic pregnancy
▪ If caught during the early weeks of pregnancy it can cause deafness, blindness and heart problems in the baby.
▪ Specific and direct harm medically diagnosable even in early pregnancy may be involved.
▪ The earlier the pregnancy, the worse the circumstances.
▪ She even doubts he sought treatment for the gonorrhea she was diagnosed with early in pregnancy, which he surely has.
▪ Perhaps its wider implementation in early pregnancy should be an aim of all obstetric departments.
▪ Taken in the early weeks of pregnancy, mifepristone induces an abortion.
▪ Cravings Strong likes or dislikes of various foods are another of the early signs of pregnancy.
▪ My family has a history of early teenage pregnancies, going back to my great great grandparents.
▪ During an ectopic pregnancy, the foetus damages or ruptures surrounding tissue as it grows, which causes abdominal pain.
▪ The result has been later pregnancies and greater knowledge of how to use contraceptive methods.
▪ This group has carried out a large multicentre study on glucose tolerance in normal pregnancy.
▪ One in three female obstetricians would choose a Caesarean delivery for herself, even in a perfectly normal pregnancy.
▪ These classes offer time to mull over and appreciate how many of their worries are a normal part of pregnancy.
▪ It would therefore never be considered for women who believe they have a normal pregnancy.
▪ To distinguish the latter pathologic conditions from normal pregnancy, serial assays should be determined.
▪ Of the sixteen women in their survey who were currently working-class and had been in institutional care, ten had premarital pregnancies.
▪ Brown and Harris highlight the girl's success in coping with her premarital pregnancy, Quinton and Rutter her planning ability.
▪ There were no trends in standardised mortality ratios from cardiovascular disease or other causes with the number of previous pregnancies.
▪ Gestational diabetes recurs in about 50 percent of women who had the problem in a previous pregnancy.
▪ Although she was by now in her late thirties, she recognised the same symptoms as in her previous pregnancy.
▪ Some who had subsequent pregnancies had refused any kind of test, despite in some cases being aggressively pressurised by the hospital.
▪ The woman later gave birth to a healthy baby in a subsequent pregnancy.
▪ There is a growing recognition of the debilitating effects of teen drug use, teen pregnancy and violence.
▪ We can debate all we want over funding for this or that well-meaning government program aimed at reducing teen pregnancy.
▪ So alarming is the frequency of adolescent childbirth that President Clinton recently announced a community-oriented campaign to prevent teen pregnancy.
▪ Lake County leads the region in teen pregnancies.
▪ Yet even so, the United States still leads most industrialized countries in teenage pregnancies, abortions and childbearing.
▪ The move is prompted in part by the government's determination to curb the number of teenage pregnancies.
▪ The facts are considerably different from these myths: Virtually all studies indicate that over four-fifths of teenage pregnancies are unintended.
▪ Four areas with low levels of education and training and high instances of teenage pregnancy will be targeted.
▪ Let us examine the causes of teenage pregnancy and the impact early childbearing frequently has on young women.
▪ I hope your book will reveal a new and refreshing view on teenage pregnancy and motherhood.
▪ In many cities, they sank into a vicious cycle of drugs, crime, teenage pregnancy, and welfare dependency.
▪ An audit of unplanned pregnancies seen in one practice also emphasised the need for great care in counselling people using the pill.
▪ Our marriage began and ended with an unplanned pregnancy.
▪ Moreover, demographic factors such as unplanned pregnancy may also foreclose options.
▪ They could also lead to unwanted pregnancies and venereal disease, both on the increase among young people.
▪ The way to reduce abortion is to prevent unwanted pregnancy.
▪ The stereotype is of stories exclusively concerned with drugs and unwanted pregnancies.
▪ The reason: fewer unwanted pregnancies and thus fewer incomplete abortions.
▪ But remember, there's simply no excuse in this society, in the late twentieth century, for an unwanted pregnancy.
▪ Each year, 200, 000 teens age 17 and younger have children, many from unwanted pregnancies.
▪ As unwanted pregnancies can so easily be avoided by abortion and contraception, why is illegitimacy now so high?
▪ Equally, an unwanted or unhappy pregnancy may result unexpectedly in the birth of an instantly beloved child.
▪ This fall in pregnancy rate has been explained by the greater use of contraceptives by teenagers, particularly those over sixteen.
▪ This is in line with medical advice for all home pregnancy tests.
▪ Female journalists went to the clinic and took urine samples from men for their pregnancy tests.
▪ He may arrange for you to have a pregnancy test.
▪ In some maquilas, quarterly pregnancy tests are routine.
▪ To get a free pregnancy test with Immediate results go to a family planning clinic or a Brook Centre.
▪ Insemination was defined as successful if the woman did not menstruate when expected and subsequently had a positive pregnancy test result.
▪ You just go to the hospital for your pregnancy test and arrange a date for the abortion at the same time.
▪ If she is not immune, she should have the rubella immunisation and avoid pregnancy for six months.
▪ If you buy them for your own use, ask the assistant for advice, as some should be avoided in pregnancy.
▪ Should they give up exercise, or continue through their pregnancy?
▪ More women are taking up regular exercise, and may wish to continue their routine during pregnancy. 2.
▪ If these can be detected early enough, then women can decide whether or not to continue the pregnancy.
▪ Babies born to women who did not abstain from drinking during pregnancy also tend to exhibit abnormal sleep patterns after birth.
▪ After weeks of courtroom argument the girl was permitted to leave the limelight and to end her pregnancy.
▪ They could also lead to unwanted pregnancies and venereal disease, both on the increase among young people.
▪ Exposure to lead before or during pregnancy may increase the chance of a miscarriage.
▪ It can be inserted into a woman's womb quite easily by a doctor, in order to prevent pregnancy.
▪ Kaiser spokeswoman Jamie Trevor said that patients are told that no sterilization procedure short of a complete hysterectomy can prevent pregnancy.
▪ Breastfeeding does not always prevent pregnancy.
▪ The way to reduce abortion is to prevent unwanted pregnancy.
▪ It is easier now to prevent pregnancy through contraception, and to terminate it through abortion.
▪ So alarming is the frequency of adolescent childbirth that President Clinton recently announced a community-oriented campaign to prevent teen pregnancy.
▪ Its effectiveness in preventing pregnancy is as good or better than oral contraceptives.
▪ Manufacturers claim to reduce the chances of pregnancy by 75 %.
▪ We can debate all we want over funding for this or that well-meaning government program aimed at reducing teen pregnancy.
▪ But the chimeric lambs that would result from the pregnancy are mosaics: only some of the cells contain the transgene.
▪ The review shows that improvements in nutritional status during pregnancy may result in more successful pregnancy outcomes.
▪ Secondly, the success rate of dilatation and curettage to terminate a pregnancy of under four weeks is poor.
▪ The court in 1994 upheld some limits on how close protesters can get to women entering abortion clinics to terminate pregnancies.
▪ Physicians were obliged to inform abortion patients about foetal development and the alternatives to terminating the pregnancy.
▪ In general, teenagers from more affluent families are more likely than those from poorer families to terminate their pregnancies.
▪ Melanie was furious, and desperate enough to go to any lengths to terminate the pregnancy.
▪ Since 1989 conservatives on the court have given states more latitude to restrict the conditions under which women terminate pregnancies.
▪ If she terminates a pregnancy she must shoulder that grief too and struggle on.
▪ For young women who choose to terminate their pregnancy, the decision is often not easy to implement.
▪ It's harmful to drink alcohol during pregnancy.
▪ Many women find their skin is at its best during pregnancy.
▪ She's had a difficult pregnancy.
▪ This will be her third pregnancy.
▪ After the second month of pregnancy, estriol levels steadily increase as the placenta takes over estrogen production. 344.
▪ An audit of unplanned pregnancies seen in one practice also emphasised the need for great care in counselling people using the pill.
▪ Brown and Harris highlight the girl's success in coping with her premarital pregnancy, Quinton and Rutter her planning ability.
▪ In many cities, they sank into a vicious cycle of drugs, crime, teenage pregnancy, and welfare dependency.
▪ More weeks passed, and then the end of her pregnancy began to approach.
▪ Not all burdens on the right to decide whether to terminate a pregnancy will be undue.
▪ Of the rest, one left voluntarily because he was bored with his job, and one because of her pregnancy.
▪ Their pregnancies are likely to be troublesome and repetitive.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Pregnancy \Preg"nan*cy\, n.

  1. The condition of being pregnant; the state of being with young.

  2. Figuratively: The quality of being heavy with important contents, issue, significance, etc.; unusual consequence or capacity; fertility.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1520s (originally figurative), from pregnant (adj.1) + -cy. Literal use attested from 1590s.


n. 1 (context countable English) The condition of being pregnant. 2 The period of time this condition prevail. 3 (context uncountable English) The progression of stages from conception to birth.


n. the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus [syn: gestation, maternity]

Pregnancy (mammals)

In mammals, pregnancy is the period of reproduction during which a female carries one or more live offspring from implantation in the uterus through gestation. It begins when a fertilized zygote implants in the female's uterus; and ends once it leaves the uterus.


Pregnancy, also known as gravidity or gestation, is the time during which one or more offspring develops inside a woman. A multiple pregnancy involves more than one offspring, such as with twins. Pregnancy can occur by sexual intercourse or assisted reproductive technology. It usually lasts around 40 weeks from the last menstrual period (LMP) and ends in childbirth. This is just over nine lunar months, where each month is about 29½ days. When measured from conception it is about 38 weeks. An embryo is the developing offspring during the first eight weeks following conception, after which, the term fetus is used until birth. Symptoms of early pregnancy may include missed periods, tender breasts, nausea and vomiting, hunger, and frequent urination. Pregnancy may be confirmed with a pregnancy test.

Pregnancy is typically divided into three trimesters. The first trimester is from week one through 12 and includes conception. Conception is when the sperm fertilizes the egg. The fertilized egg then travels down the fallopian tube and attaches to the inside of the uterus, where it begins to form the fetus and placenta. The first trimester carries the highest risk of miscarriage (natural death of embryo or fetus). The second trimester is from week 13 through 28. Around the middle of the second trimester, movement of the fetus may be felt. At 28 weeks, more than 90% of babies can survive outside of the uterus if provided high-quality medical care. The third trimester is from 29 weeks through 40 weeks.

Prenatal care improves pregnancy outcomes. Prenatal care may include taking extra folic acid, avoiding drugs and alcohol, regular exercise, blood tests, and regular physical examinations. Complications of pregnancy may include high blood pressure of pregnancy, gestational diabetes, iron-deficiency anemia, and severe nausea and vomiting among others. Term pregnancy is 37 to 41 weeks, with early term being 37 and 38 weeks, full term 39 and 40 weeks, and late term 41 weeks. After 41 weeks, it is known as post term. Babies born before 37 weeks are preterm and are at higher risk of health problems such as cerebral palsy. Delivery before 39 weeks by labor induction or caesarean section is not recommended unless required for other medical reasons.

About 213 million pregnancies occurred in 2012, of which, 190 million were in the developing world and 23 million were in the developed world. The number of pregnancies in women ages 15 to 44 is 133 per 1,000 women. About 10% to 15% of recognized pregnancies end in miscarriage. In 2013, complications of pregnancy resulted in 293,000 deaths, down from 377,000 deaths in 1990. Common causes include maternal bleeding, complications of abortion, high blood pressure of pregnancy, maternal sepsis, and obstructed labor. Globally, 40% of pregnancies are unplanned. Half of unplanned pregnancies are aborted. Among unintended pregnancies in the United States, 60% of the women used birth control to some extent during the month pregnancy occurred.

Usage examples of "pregnancy".

Keen reports the successful performance of a hip-joint amputation for malignant disease of the femur during pregnancy.

Algora speaks of an abdominal pregnancy in which there was spontaneous perforation of the anterior abdominal parietes, followed by death.

Pigne speaks of a woman of thirty-eight, who in the eighth month of her sixth pregnancy was gored by a bull, the horn effecting a transverse wound 27 inches long, running from one anterior spine to the other.

Priscilla replied brittly, somehow managing to convey through her tone that she meant no problem with the physical aspects of the pregnancy.

The symptoms which indicate pregnancy are cessation of the menses, enlargement of the mammae, nausea, especially in the morning, distention of the abdomen, and movement of the foetus.

In the absence of all apparent influences calculated to obstruct the menses, the presumption ordinarily is that pregnancy is the cause of their non-appearance.

Mistakes are so easily made in the date of the occurrence of pregnancy, or in the date of conception, that in the remarkable cases we can hardly accept the propositions as worthy evidence unless associated with other and more convincing facts, such as the appearance and stage of development of the fetus, or circumstances making conception impossible before or after the time mentioned, etc.

There is a case mentioned in which an accident and an inopportune dose of ergot at the fifth month of pregnancy were followed by rupture of the amniotic sac, and subsequently a constant flow of watery fluid continued for the remaining three months of pregnancy.

Celia had suffered some unease on first learning that it was intended for pregnant women, to be taken early in their pregnancy when nausea and morning sickness were most prevalent onditions which Montayne would banish.

According to tradepress reports which Celia read before leaving with Andrew on their tour, Montayne was at once widely prescribed and popular, especially with women who continued to be employed during pregnancy and to whom relief from morning sickness was critically important.

A few babies, among them premature ones, had already been born in the United States with deformities similar to those in other countries where the mothers of defective children had taken Montayne during pregnancy.

In two of the cases the hysteropexy had been performed over five years before the pregnancy occurred, and, although the bands of adhesion between the fundus and the parietes must have become very tough after so long a period, no special difficulty was encountered.

January, 1873, she had an attack of pain with peritonitis, shortly after which what was apparently an extrauterine pregnancy gradually diminished.

Her symptoms are headaches and an overproduction of prolactin, resulting in unpleasant symptoms that mimic pregnancy.

By cystotomy Reamy removed a double hair-pin from a woman pregnant six and a half months, without interruption, and according to Mann again, McClintock extracted stones from the bladder by the urethra in the fourth month of pregnancy, and Phillips did the same in the seventh month.