Pregnancy Abbreviations

Pregnancy in humans is understood to mean that period in the woman’s life during which she is a carrier of a fertilized egg. The duration of pregnancy is on average 40 weeks.


If the birth takes place between the 28th and 38th week, then we speak of ‘premature birth’. If it occurs even earlier, we speak of immaturity, because the child is then not viable.

Most Dutch couples often tell you in the third month if the woman is pregnant. The nursery is set up months before the birth. Female and male acquaintances will ask when the baby is coming. And the details of the delivery are told fairly accurately, even by the man, even at work: ‘The contractions started at half past nine, the amniotic fluid came at eleven o’clock. She was also clipped in, then I didn’t look for a while.’

In the case of migrants, it is almost always impossible for men to ask about pregnancy, but women can of course ask about it. Moreover, some migrants do not want to defy ‘the evil eye’ . They therefore say nothing about the pregnancy for months and only buy the essentials until the birth. Only after the birth is the nursery furnished and all the clothes bought. This is often seen by natives as irresponsible.

Do you know the text on the birth announcement: ‘mother and child rest between one and three hours’? That must be a Dutch birth certificate. Migrants sometimes read disapprovingly in that text. They mainly read in it that they are not welcome for part of the day.

Early pregnancy is one that occurs in girls and adolescents. From puberty onwards, the process of physical changes begins that make the girl a woman capable of sexual reproduction. This does not mean, however, that the girl is ready to be a mother.

According to several studies, early pregnancy has been increasingly frequent. It is a priority problem for public health due to the high risk of mortality it represents. Babies of teenage mothers, in general, have low birth weight and are often born premature (before their time ).

The age at which girls enter the reproductive phase has changed dramatically in recent decades. Until the year 1900, the first period came at the age of 17, today, however, girls already have their first period at the age of 11 or 12.

Early pregnancy is linked to a certain social situation, which combines a lack of education in matters of reproduction and sexual behavior, a lack of awareness of age and other factors, such as poverty (which forces people to live in conditions of ” stacking”, for example). On many occasions, early pregnancy results from violations.

Also known as teenage pregnancy,” early pregnancy can result in a number of consequences for both mother and baby.

As already said, in this age group the woman is not yet with her body fully developed to carry out a pregnancy. Because of this, there are greater chances of having problems such as miscarriage, early rupture of the water, among others.

Other complications that can occur are anemia, weight loss and also changes in the formation of blood vessels that are in the placenta, due to this, it can happen that the pressure rises (preeclampsia.).

Finally, other problems that can arise as a result of a teenage pregnancy is that the hand develops psychological problems. And that’s because she may not be psychologically prepared. As an example of this we can mention the development of postpartum depression or even during pregnancy. It is not uncommon for mothers who have children in adolescence and put the children up for adoption or they grow up being cared for by the grandmother.

It is common for early pregnancy to be condemned at the social and family level. Pregnant adolescents are seen as “guilty” of an “unwanted” situation, so they tend to be discriminated against and not have the support they need. Therefore, experts insist that the early mother has the support of the family and is accompanied by visits to doctors and treatments.

There is a high percentage of young people who do not know or even ignore the importance of using contraceptive methods. And, in this, there is only an increase in the number of pregnant women at an early stage, but there is also an increase in the number of cases of people with sexually transmitted diseases in adolescents and young people.

In any case , doctors insist that it is essential to work on the prevention of early pregnancies, with awareness campaigns, sex education and the free distribution of contraceptive methods.


List of Acronyms Related to Pregnancy

AFLP Acute Fatty Liver of Pregnancy
ARF-P Acute Renal Failure in Pregnancy
APPENDIX Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention
APP Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention
APORS Adverse Pregnancy Outcome Reporting System
ACPH America’s Crisis Pregnancy Helpline
AWPC Another Way Pregnancy Center
AHPT At Home Pregnancy Test
BPAS British Pregnancy Advisory Service
CPDA California Pregnancy Disability Act
CAPSS Canadian Association of Pregnancy Support Services
CPC Caring Pregnancy Center
CAPP Center for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention
CASPP Center on Adolescent Sexuality, Pregnancy and Parenting
CFPC Central Florida Pregnancy Center, Inc.
ICP Cholestasis, Intrahepatic, of Pregnancy
CAPSS Christian Association of Pregnancy Support Services
CPR-C Clinical Pregnancy Rate per Started Cycle
COAP Colorado Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy Parenting and Prevention
COAPPP Colorado Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Parenting and Prevention
CPCC Crisis Pregnancy & Counseling Center
CPC Crisis Pregnancy Center
DPSG Diabetic Pregnancy Study Group
DPPI Disability Pregnancy and Parenthood International
EPAC Early Pregnancy Assessment Clinic
EPAT Early Pregnancy Associated Thrombocytopenia
EPBM Early Pregnancy Body Mass
EPDU Early Pregnancy Diagnostic Unit
EPT Early Pregnancy Test
EPUS Early Pregnancy Unit
EPU Early Pregnancy Unit
EP Ectopic Pregnancy
EPT Ectopic Pregnancy Trust (Uxbridge, UK
EPCC Edmonton Pregnancy Crisis Centre
ETOP Elective Termination of Pregnancy
EUP Extrauterine Pregnancy
FFTP First Full-Term Pregnancy
FPCN Florida Pregnancy Care Network
FVPC Fraser Valley Pregnancy Centre
HIP Health in Pregnancy
HOPP Healthy Options for Pregnancy and Parenting
HRD High Rate Pregnancy
HPT Home Pregnancy Test
HDP Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy
IPO Improved Pregnancy Outcome
IPODM Improved Pregnancy Outcome Data Management System
IAGTP Independent Advisory Group on Teenage Pregnancy
ITOP Induced Termination of Pregnancy
IDDP Insulin-Dependent Diabetic Pregnancy
IPTP Intermittent Preventive Treatment of malaria during pregnancy
IIP International Infections in Pregnancy
ICP Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy
IUP Intrauterine Pregnancy
MPS Making Pregnancy Safer
MIP Malaria in Pregnancy
MPWG Malaria in Pregnancy Working Group
MAPPP Maltreatment and Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting Program
MCAP Mecklenburg Council on Adolescent Pregnancy
MTP Medical Termination of Pregnancy
MTLP Metabolic Toxemia of Late Pregnancy
MFPR Multifetal Pregnancy Reduction
NAPMT National Association of Pregnancy Massage Therapy
NCPP-1 National Campaign to Prevent Pregnancy
NCPP National Campaign to Prevent Pregnancy
NSHPC National Study of HIV in Pregnancy and Childhood
NTPPM National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
NTPR National Transplantation Pregnancy Registry
NVP Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy
NPPCC North Peace Pregnancy Care Centre
PPPP Posterior Pelvic Pain since Pregnancy
PAPP Pregnancy Associated Plasma Protein
P25 Pregnancy at 25 Days
PCC Pregnancy Care Center
PDL Pregnancy Disability Leave
PDA Pregnancy Discrimination Act
PLSP Pregnancy Loss Support Program
POUCH Pregnancy Outcomes and Community Health
PRINT Pregnancy Rate
PR Pregnancy Rate
PRFS Pregnancy Rate to First Service
PRCG Pregnancy Resource Center of Gwinnett
PRAMS Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System
PZP Pregnancy Zone Protein
PIN Pregnancy, Infection and Nutrition
PA Pregnancy-Associated
PAAG Pregnancy-Associated Alpha 2 Glycoprotein
PAG Pregnancy-Associated Glycoprotein
PAPP-A Pregnancy-Associated Plasma Protein A
PDMT Pregnancy-Dependent Mammary Tumor
PIH Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension
PRPP Pregnancy-Related Pelvic Pain
PSPB Pregnancy-Specific Protein B
PUQE Pregnancy-Unique Quantification of Emesis
PSPG Pseudopregnancy
REPL Recurrent Early Pregnancy Loss
REPLACE Recurrent Early Pregnancy Loss
SIUP Singleton Intrauterine Pregnancy
SCIP Smoking Cessation in Pregnancy
STP Stop Teenage Pregnancy
SPALS Subsequent Pregnancy After a Loss Support
STOP Suction Termination of Pregnancy
TPU Teenage Pregnancy Unit
TOP Termination Of Pregnancy
TOPC Termination Of Pregnancy Assessment Clinic
TSDP Tianjin Study of Diabetes in Pregnancy
UPT Urine Pregnancy Test
VIP Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy
VAPP Volunteers for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention
WPRC Westside Pregnancy Resource Center
WWPP Women With PCOS Pregnancy
WWPP Women with Polycystic Pregnancy
WCPC Women’s Choice Pregnancy Clinic
YPWBW Your Pregnancy, Week by Week