Health professionals often write in note form using abbreviations. Here are some of the common ones you may come across and what they mean:

ANC – Antenatal clinic

HC – Head circumference

FL – Femur length

AC – Abdominal circumference

ARM – Artificial rupture of membranes

BR, breech – baby is presenting bottom first

CRL – Crown to rump length

CTG, cardiotocograph – Method of monitoring your baby’s heartbeat during labour

FAU – Fetal assessment unit

EDD – Estimated due date

EPAU – Early pregnancy assessment unit

Eng/E engaged – Your baby’s head has moved down innto your pelvis in preparation for the birth

HB – Haemoglobin (the oxygen-carrying protein in your blood)

MSU – Midstream specimen of urine

OGTT – Oral glucose tolerance test

PIH – Pregnancy- induced hypertension (high blood pressure)

PROM Premature rupture of membranes in absence of labour contractions

SROM – Spontaneous rupture of membranes

Transverse lie – your baby is lying horizontally

USS – Ultrasound scan

Intrauterine pregnancy – the pregnancy is developing inside the uterus

BMI – Body mass index

BP – Blood pressure

Cephalic, ceph or Vertex, VX – Baby is presenting head first

CS/LSCS – Caesarean section

CX, cervix– Neck of your womb (uterus)

DOB – Date of birth

Elective section – Planned caesarean birth

FHH – Fetal heart heard

FMF – Fetal movement felt

IOL– Induction of labour

LMP, last menstrual period – the date of the first day of your last period

NAD – No abnormality detected

Oedema – Swelling of hands and feet

Rh – Rhesus

SFH, symphysis fundal height – A simple measurement of the height of the womb which helps check that your baby is growing well

SVD – Spontaneous vaginal delivery

Urine P G O – Whether your urine sample contains protein, glucose or anything else (‘other’)

24 + 2 – These numbers indicate the length of your pregnancy, for example 24 week plus two days.

UTI – Urinary tract infection

VE – Vaginal examination