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Maternal Fetal Medicine

Understanding Maternal Fetal Terms

Perinatologist - A subspecialty of obstetrics concerned with the care of the fetus and complicated, high-risk pregnancies.

Preeclampsia – A serious condition developing in late pregnancy that is characterized by a sudden rise in blood pressure, excessive weight gain, generalized edema, proteinuria, severe headache, and visual disturbances and that may result in eclampsia if untreated.

Antepartum – Relating to the period before parturition: before childbirth.

Amniocentesis - The surgical insertion of a hollow needle through the abdominal wall and into the uterus of a pregnant female to obtain amniotic fluid especially to examine the fetal chromosomes for an abnormality and for the determination of sex.