Medical Abbreviations Commonly Used during Pregnancy in Australia and New Zealand

Part of Pregnancy For Dummies Cheat Sheet (Australia/New Zealand Edition)

To help you understand terms used throughout your pregnancy while at doctor’s visits, touring the hospital, and during labor and delivery, learn these medical abbreviations used in Australia and New Zealand, and what they mean:

Abbreviation What it stands for
AFP Alpha-fetoprotein
APH Antepartum Haemorrhage
ARM Artificial Rupture of Membranes
BP Blood Pressure
CTG Cardiotocograph
CVS Chorionic Villus Sampling
EBM Expressed Breast Milk
EDC or EDD Estimated Date of Confinement or Estimated Due Date
FHS Fetal Heart Sounds
G Gravida
HSV Herpes Simplex Virus
LGA Large for Gestational Age
LMP Last Menstrual Period
PE Pre eclampsia
P Parity
PP Presenting Part
PPH Postpartum Haemorrhage
SGA Small for Gestational Age
VE Vaginal Examination