Births, marriages and deaths
The day I got the results of the pregnancy test – positive. `pregnancy confirmed´ - I was over the moon. I sat down and made out a shopping list.
List for Baby
Cot (or crib): for baby to sleep in.
Pram and pushchair (and a carry-cot): to transport him or her. Nappies: for him or her to wear (underneath).
Safety-pins: for his or her nappy.
High-chair: for him or her to sit in at the meal-times.
Bib: round his/ her neck when he´s/ she´s eating.
Dummy: for him or her to suck.
Rattle: for him or her to shake.
Toys and dolls (and a teddy-bear): for him or her to play with. Potty: For him or her to sit on to avoid nappies as soon as possible. Masses of cotton wool: for general cleaning and wiping.
ANTE-NATAL CLINIC: happening or existing before birth:
the antenatal clinic
FOETUS: young human being before birth, after the organs have started to develop. WOMB: the organ in the body of a woman or other female mammal in which a baby develops before birth. MISCARRIAGE: an early unintentional end to a pregnancy when the baby is born too early and dies because it has not developed enough: HEARTBEAT: the regular movement or sound that the heart makes as it sends blood around your body GYNAECOLOGIST
OBSTETRICIAN: a painful burning feeling in the lower chest caused by the stomach not digesting food correctly KICK
BLOOD POISONING: the condition of having a poisonous substance or substances in your blood HEARTBURN: a painful burning feeling in the lower chest caused by the stomach not digesting food correctly CRAMP: a sudden painful tightening in a muscle, often after a lot of exercise, which limits movement: VOMITING AND INSOMNIA
INCUBATORS: a container that has controlled air and temperature conditions in which a weak or premature baby (= one which was born too early) can be kept alive...