5.1.2 Vocabulary

Read and listen to these words and their meanings.


C-section: a surgery when the woman’s body is cut to remove the baby through the opening
contractions: strong and painful movements in the womb that a woman has when giving birth to a child


doula: a woman who is not medically trained, but can provide emotional and informational support and pain relief during the labour
due date: the date when the woman is expected to give birth


healthcare provider: your doctor or midwife


midwife: a woman who is trained to help women in the birth of babies


nauseous: feeling like you are going to throw up


obstetrician-gynecologist (ob-gyn): a doctor who takes care of pregnant women and helps in the birth of babies


period: the bleeding from woman’s womb that happens about once a month when she is not pregnant
prenatal: relating to pregnant women and their unborn babies


trimester: a period of three months


ultrasound:  using a special machine to make images of the inside of the body. Ultrasound is used to show a picture of the baby inside mom’s belly.