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cramping pain after childbirth, caused by alternating relaxation and contraction of uterine muscles.
absence or lack of usual muscle tone.
development of strong affectional ties as a result of interaction between an infant and a significant other.
development of a strong emotional tie of a parent to a newborn. Also called claiming or binding in.
a process that converts living cells into simplier compounds. Involved in involution (normal changes) of the uterus after childbirth.
the endometrium during pregnancy. All except the deepest layer is shed after childbirth.
separation of the longitudinal muscles of the abdomen (rectus abdominis) during pregnancy.
position that allows eye-to-eye contact between the newborn and a parent.
swelling of the breasts resulting from increased blood flow, edema, and the presence of milk.
intense fascination and close face-to-face observation between father and newborn.
newborn movement in rhythm with adult speech, particularly high-pitched tones, which are more easily heard.
surgical incision of the perineum to enlarge the vaginal opening.
first tactile (touch) experience between mother and newborn. The mother explores the infant's body with her fingertips only.
first 12 weeks after birth, a time of transition for parents and siblings.
part of the uterus that is farthest from the cervix, above the openings of the fallopian tubes.
retrogressive changes that return the reproductive organs, particularly the uterus, to their nonpregnant size and condition.
alternate contracting and relaxing of the pelvic floor muscles to strengthen them.
secretion of milk from the breasts. Also describes the period of time of breastfeeding.
a phase of maternal adaptation that involves relinquishing previous roles and assuming a new role as a parent.
white, cream-colored, or light yellow vaginal discharge that follows lochia serosa.
red vaginal discharge that occurs STAT after childbirth; composed mostly of blood.
pink or brown-tinged vaginal discharge that follows lochia rubra; composed largely of serous exudate, blood, and leukocytes.
release of milk from the alveoli into the ducts. Also called the letdown reflex.
posterior pituitary hormone that stimulates uterine contractions and the milk-ejection reflex. Also prepared synthetically.
temporary, self-limited period of weepiness experienced by many new mothers beginning in the 1st week after childbirth.
anterior pituitary hormone that promotes growth of breast tissue and stimulates production of milk.
period from the end of childbirth until involution of the reproductive organs is complete, approximately 6 weeks.
reciprocal bonding behaviors
repertoire of infant behaviors that promotes attachment between parent and newborn.
acronym for redness, ecchymosis, edema, discharge, and approximation. Useful for assessing wound healing or the presence of inflammation or infection.
feelings of jealousy and fear of replacement when a young child must share parental attention with a newborn infant.
delayed return of the uterus to its nonpregnant size and consistency.
second phase of maternal adaptation, during which the mother assumes control of her own care and initiates care of the infant.
first phase of maternal adaptation, during which the mother passively accepts care and comfort and details about the newborn.