UTHSCSA Family & Community Medicine Dept.



  • G= Gravida means # of Pregnancy
  • P= Parity means # of deliveries > 20 weeks , Ptpal (T=term,preterm,abortion, live child)
  • Term= > 37 wks,< 42 wks, or >2500 gms
  • Preterm= 20-37 wks,>500 gms <2500gms
  • Abortion= <20 weeks, <500gms,<25cm
  • Post term= >42 weeks
  • Puerperium= birth -42 days postpartum
  • Trimesters: 1st  <12 wks, 2nd = 13-28 wks, 3rd = >28 wks


AB - abortion; may see SAB (spontaneous) or TAB (therapeutic) or EAB (elective)
AC - abdominal circumference (sono)
AFI - amnionic fluid index (sono); normal = 5 to 20
AGA - appropriate for gestational age

BPD - biparietal diameter (sono)

Chl - chlamydia, usually referring to gen probe
Ctx - contractions
CVAT - costovetebral angle tenderness, a symptom of pyelonephritis

DM - diabetes mellitus, may see GDM (gestational)
DR - delivery room

EBL - estimated blood loss
EDC - estimated date of confinement (due date)
EFW - estimated fetal weight (sono)

FBS - fasting blood sugar
FFN - fetal fibronectin
FH - fundal height
FHT - fetal heart tones
FOC - father of child
FTG - Foley to gravity

GA - gestational age
GIFT - gamete intrafallopian transfer
G#P# - gravida, para
            G - total # of pregnancies
            P - total # of delivered pregnancies
                        T - total # of term deliveries (after 37 weeks)
                        P - total # of preterm deliveries (20-36 weeks)
                        A - total # of abortions/miscarriages (before 20 weeks)
                        L - total # of living children
            * Note:  for TPA twins count as one number, but for L they count as two

HSG- hysterosalpingography
HTN - hypertension, may see CHTN (chronic)
HBsAg - Hepatitis B surface Antigen
HGSIL - high grade squamous intraepithelial lesion

IAL - in active labor; may see NIAL (not)
ICSI - intracytoplasmic sperm injection
IDC - indirect Coomb's test
IUI- Intrauterine insemination
IUP - intrauterine pregnancy; may see PTIUP (preterm), TIUP (term)
IVDA - intravenous drug abuse
IUFD - intrauterine fetal demise
IUF-ET - in vitro fertilization with embryo transfer

L/C/P - long, closed, posterior cervical exam when a woman is not in labor
LGA - large for gestational age
LGSIL - low grade squamous intraepithelial lesion
LMP - last menstrual period (first day of)
LTCS - low transverse cesarean section; refers to type of incision on the uterus and not the skin

MGA - mean gestational age (sono)
MI - menstrual index: age of pt at 1st period/cycle length/duration of period
MLE - midline episiotomy, usually preceded by degree, e.g. 2° MLE
MMR - measles, mumps, rubella vaccine; given to Rubella sensitive pts post-partum
MSAFP - maternal serum alpha feto protein; prenatal test for Down's if increased for neural tube defects if decreased - screening test only

NST - non-stress test; may see NST-NR (non-reactive) or NST-R (reactive)
NTD - neural tube defect; e.g. meningomyelocele, spina bifida
NMDC - no malignant or dysplastic cells; pap smear results

OCP - oral contraceptive pill; also written BCP (birth control pill)

PID - pelvic inflammatory disease
PML - preterm (premature) labor
PNV - prenatal vitamins
POD# - post op day #
PPD# - post partum day #

ROM - rupture of membranes (broken bag of water); may see AROM (artificial), PROM (preterm = less than 37 weeks), SROM (spontaneous), PPROM (preterm, premature = 12 to 24 hours before labor starts)
Rub - rubella, usually refers to the titer

SGA - small for gestational age
STD - sexually transmitted disease
SVD - spontaneous vaginal delivery (no forceps or vacuum)

TOL - trial of labor

3VC - three-vessel cord

VBAC - vaginal birth after c-section
WBD - weeks by dates (by LMP)

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