During the course of your pregnancy, you'll hear and read many unusual words, terms and abbreviations. Here's a quick guide to what they mean.

Amnio

Amniocentesis (testing amniotic fluid used   to diagnose chromosomal abnormalities and fetal infections)

A/N

Antenatal (before birth)

ARM

Artificial rupture of membranes

BF

Breastfeeding

BMI

Body Mass Index

BM (BSL)

Blood sugar level

BO

Bowels open

BP

Blood pressure

Cervix

Neck of the womb

CTG

Cariotocograph (a   technical means of recording the fetal heartbeat and uterine
  contractions during pregancy).

EBM

Expressed breast milk

EDD

Estimated date of delivery

FBC

Full blood count

Ferritin

Iron storage protein

FH

Foetal heart

FMF

Foetal movements felt

Fundus

Height on your uterus

GP

General Practitioner (your local doctor)

Gravida

Number of pregnancies

Hypertension

High blood pressure

GTT

Glucose tolerance test

IOL

Induction of labour

Involution

Uterus shrinking back to pre-pregnancy state

Lanugo

Downy hair on foetus and newborn

Lochia

Blood loss following birth

LMC

Lead Maternity Carer

LMP

Last menstrual period

LCSC

Lower segment caesarean section

Membranes

Lining of the sac baby is in

MSU

Midstream urine

Obstetrician

Specialised maternity doctor

Palpation

fFeling your tummy for how the baby is lying

Parity

Number of babies

Perinium

The diamond-shaped area including the vagina and anus

P/N

Postnatal (after birth)

PKU

Phenylketonuria, a genetic disorder

Preeclampsia

High blood pressure during pregnancy

PU

Passed urine

PV

Per vagina

SBR

Serum bilirubin (blood test for yellow jaundice)

SROM

Spontaneous rupture of membranes

Sutures

Stitches

Symphysis pubis

The joint at the front of the pelvis kept together by cartilage

Synto

Syntocinon (Syntocinon contains a synthetic version of the   naturally-occurring hormone oxytocin. It is used to induce labour.)

Trimester

Three-month period of time in pregnancy

Urinalysis

Testing your urine

USS

Ultrasound scan

Uterus

Womb

VE

Vaginal examination

Vernix

Waxy white substance covering babies from 20 weeks to 40 weeks