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From Amnio to Zygote, peep our glossary of all the pregnancy and birth-related terms you never knew existed, 'til now.

Labor Induction

/lay·ber· in·duhk·shuh n/

Labor Induction is when your health care provider gives you medicine (like the hormone pitocin) or uses other methods, like breaking your water (aka the amniotic sac), to get labor going. This may happen if your health or your baby’s health is at risk, or if you’re past your due date.

Letrozole

/let·roe·zol/

Letrozole is the generic version of Femara, a fertility drug for women with ovulation problems or for those with unexplained infertility. It is often used after trying and not having luck with Clomid. Letrozole is typically taken once a day for five days. It stops androgens in your body from converting into estrogen. When estrogen is blocked, the pituitary gland knows that it needs to produce follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), which stimulates the ovary to produce an egg.

Linea Negra

/lee·ne·ah· knee·grah/

You know that feeling when you go to admire your glowing, gorgeous, bumpin’ body and suddenly, a dark line below your belly button appears out of nowhere? Say hello to your linea negra, aka your pregnancy line! Ain’t she cute?

The funny thing is that you probably had that line before, but because it’s usually light in color, you never noticed! Once you hit the fifth month or so, the line turns a brownish shade + comes out to play. Why does it appear? We don’t know for sure, but some believe it’s related to your changing hormones. The melanocyte-stimulating hormone in particular is thought to be the biggest contributor. It’s also the one responsible for your darkening nipps during pregnancy. There’s nothing you can do about the linea negra. It’s totes natural and will fade shortly after pregnancy, so enjoy it while it lasts!

Listeria

/li·steer·ee·uh/

Listeria is a harmful bacteria found in refrigerated, ready-to-eat foods, deli meats, poultry, seafood, dairy (unpasteurized milk and milk products) and produce harvested from contaminated soil. When these tainted items are eaten, it may cause listeriosis, an illness to which pregnant women and their unborn children are very susceptible. If you have stomach virus/flu-like symptoms that don’t clear up after a few days, ask your healthcare provider to test you. But don’t get too paranoid because listeria can be found in cantaloupe, spinach or even ice cream. It’s totally random and you’d have to stop eating anything that’s grown from the earth in order to fully protect yourself.

Lymphatic Drainage Massage

/lim·fat·ik· drey·nij· muh·sahj/

Manual lymphatic drainage massages are a great way to reduce the swelling/symptoms of edema that one can experience in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy - especially in your lower limbs. Many spas and practitioners offer this type of massage and many mamas found great relief in it (in Brazil, women do lymphatic drainage weekly, pregnant or not). It’s safe to do throughout your pregnancy with a trained professional.