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  Baby blues

Baby blues

    Mild depression that may last a couple of weeks following childbirth, usually the result of dramatic hormonal swings and the letdown after the excitement of labor and birth. See postpartum depression.


A mental state of depressed mood characterized by feelings of sadness, despair and discouragement. Depression ranges from normal feelings of the blues through dysthymia to major depression. It in many ways resembles the grief and mourning that follow bereavement, there are often feelings of low self esteem, guilt and self reproach, withdrawal from interpersonal contact and physical symptoms such as eating and sleep disturbances.

The process of childbirth, in which the rhythmic contractions of the uterine muscles open the cervix and allow a baby to be born.

After childbirth.


Baby teeth
See: Primary teeth.

Baby walker
"A device that allows a baby to move about in a half-seated, half-upright position. A ""walker"" may paradoxically delay a baby in development. The baby using a walker tends to be slow in reaching motor milestones such as sitting up, crawling, and walking and other milestones such as those involving memory, learning, and language skills."

Baby, fetal alcohol syndrome
See: Fetal alcohol syndrome.


Or B-cells are white blood cells that produce and secrete antibodies into the blood. See also Cell memory.

The fluid-filled cavity within the blastula.

Blastocyst cavity
The fluid-filled cavity within the blastocyst, sometimes referred to as the blastocoel.

A cell from a morula-stage embryo.

Term (often used in lower vertebrates) to describe an early stage in the development of an embryo consisting of a hollow sphere of cells enclosing a fluid-filled cavity called the blastocoel. The term blastula sometimes is used interchangeably with blastocyst.

Baby blues

Bag of waters
Sac filled with amniotic fluid in which the fetus grows, which may rupture naturally as labor begins or be punctured to speed up labor.

Birth canal
The passageway - made up of the cervix, vagina, and vulva - the baby travels through during birth.

Birthing room
A place designed and equipped for women giving birth. Some are in hospitals, others are totally separate facilities.

Bloody show
The discharge - often mucus tinged with blood - that appears as labor approaches. Sometimes refers to light bleeding, other times is used to mean the mucus plug that dislodges when the cervix begins to efface and/or dilate.

Breast pump
A device to extract milk from a mother's breasts so she can feed her infant later with a bottle. Pumps range from inexpensive manual models to powerful industrial-strength machines that can pump both breasts at the same time within a few minutes.

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