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What is Fundal Height:

a measure of the size of the uterus used to assess fetal growth and development during pregnancy. Measured from the pubic symphysis to the fundus of the uterus


What week of pregnancy is measured at the umbilicus?

Week 20.


The fundal height should be within what?

Within +/- 2 weeks of the gestational age.


Fundal Heights applies up until week 36, what happeneds then?

The fetus drops down and the stomach starches horizontally


Changes seen during Pregnancy:

Changes seen during Pregnancy:


What GI changes occur during pregnancy?

Increase in appetite, unusual food cravings, increased salvation, increased reflux( due to baby increasing abdominal pressure), constipation (progesterone slows SM) Hemorrhoids (due to the constipation) and N/V (first trimester)


What are some pulmonary changes of pregnancy?

Runny nose, increased chest diameter, increased tital volume, increased min vent, but the rate of breathing does not change, dyspnea.


What are some CV changes during pregnancy?

Increased Blood volume, (by 40%) increased cardiac output, increased heart rate, increased stroke volume.


What are some Hematologic changes seen during pregnancy?

Increase in RBC and increase of WBC (due to increased blood volume), hypercoaguable stage ( due to the increased estrogen)/


What are some breast changes seen during pregnancy?

Increased in size within the 1st 8 weeks, colostrum ( thick yellow fluid that can be released before delivery).


What are some of the Skin changes seen in pregnancy?

Palmar erythema ( due to the increased estrogen), striae, spider vasuclosis and colasma


What are some renal changes seen in pregnancy?

Hydronephrosis ( d/t uterus impinging on ureters, increased GFR (increased blood volume) Glucosuria ( due to increased GFR)


What are some ophthalmology changes seen in pregnancy?

Corneal thickness increases.


At the time of deliver what happens to the estrogen/progesterone ratio?

The estrogen/progesterone ratio increases


What is the difference between true and false labor?

False Labor is actually Braxton Hicks: Regular intervals, intensity remains the same, lower abdomen discomfort the cervix does not dilate, can be relived from walking around

True labor: Regular intervals shortens, increased intensity, back and lower and discomfort, dilating cervix, not relieved from walking around.


How can you tell the difference between true and false labor?

Check the cervix…. Make sure you check it 2 time so you can tell if it changes.


What are the stages of Labor?

1st stage: Onset to 10 cm of cervical dilation
Latent: 0-4 cm
Active: 4-10 cm
2nd stage: 10 cm to delivery ( aka complete to delivery)
3rd stage: from delivery to placental separation
4th stage: Stabilization of mother


How long should it take for stage 3; placental separation?

No more than 30 min


If it takes longer than 30 minutes what is it called?

Retained placenta


What does ‘Complete’ mean?

When you can no longer feel any cervix around the fetal head, fully dilated to 10 cm


What are the key assessments of labor?

Fetal Activity: is it normal activity or abnormal
Fluid Loss
Time of onset and frequency of contractions
Any medications: to tell if there are any co-morbidities of the preg
Risk Factors
Last oral intake: if there is need for surgical intervention


What needs to be done to prevent preterm labor?

Dehydration, Infections, Smoking


How can smoking cause preterm labor?

Vasoconstriction which will cause placental separation and uterus irritations.


If you cannot tell the position of the baby using Leopold maneuvers what do you need to do?

Do US.


What are the three different types of Breech babies?

Frank breech. The buttocks are in place to come out first during delivery. The legs are straight up in front of the body, with the feet near the head.
Complete breech. The buttocks are down near the birth canal. The knees are bent, and the feet are near the buttocks.
Footling breech. One leg or both legs are stretched out below the buttocks. The leg or legs are in place to come out first during delivery.


What is the only type of breech can be delivered vaginally?

Frank Breech


How can you asses if the ‘water has broke’?

With a sterile speculum- there will be pooling of fluid in the posterior fornix, swab and do the fern test

You can also do a Nitrazine test- which is a pH indicatory dye- the PH of amniotic fluid is 7.0-7.5, normal vaginal PH is around 3. (positive for anionic fluid is blue)

You can also check the Cervix with a digital exam.


As time increases what happened to the dilation and decent of the baby?

Dilation increases and the baby decent goes down.


Short hand OB- explain this 5/-2/C

The first number is the dilation in cm
The second number is the station- distance above the ishial spine
The third can be a c or a %- this is how thin the cervix is. C= complete.


What is the most common position for a baby to be in?