Quiz about Pregnancy From Conception to Birth
Quiz about Pregnancy From Conception to Birth

Pregnancy: From Conception to Birth Quiz


A quiz that looks at pregnancy from the conception to the birth of a baby. This quiz looks at pregnancy issues in the UK, should any differences between nationalities occur.

A multiple-choice quiz by nutter2002. Estimated time: 6 mins.
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Author
nutter2002
Time
6 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
264,854
Updated
Jun 09 22
# Qns
15
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
9 / 15
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Top 20% Quiz
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Scroll down to the bottom for the answer key.
1. From what date is a pregnancy dated? Hint

The date conception occurred
The date of the mother's first missed period
The date of ovulation
The date of the mother's last menstrual period

2. Conception has occurred, and the mother suspects she may be pregnant. Which of these signs is the LEAST likely indicator of early pregnancy? Hint

Weight gain
Tiredness
A missed period
Feeling nauseous or vomiting

3. The mother is to do a pregnancy test to confirm the pregnancy. She must now wait until the day of her missed period to do the test.

True
False

4. The mother has confirmed she is pregnant. Which of these foods should she now avoid? Hint

Uncooked or softly-cooked eggs
Paté
All of them
Soft or mould ripened, unpasteurised cheeses, such as brie and Stilton

5. In addition to a vitamin supplement (not containing vitamin A), the mother should also take a supplement of folic acid. What defect does folic acid help to prevent? Hint

Spina bifida
Cerebral Palsy
Down Syndrome
Hydrocephalus

6. The mother is now into her 13th week of pregnancy and has entered the second trimester. Her risk of a miscarriage has now reduced to about 1% (for a normally-progressing, low risk pregnancy). Those nasty, early pregnancy symptoms should now be subsiding. However some women suffer a particularly unpleasant side effect of their pregnancy- extended or extreme morning sickness, that can continue until the baby is born. What is the medical name for this condition? Hint

Obstetric cholestasis
Hypertension
Hyperemesis gravidum
Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction

7. A mother should give up all exercise in her pregnancy.

True
False

8. The mother is now 18 weeks into her pregnancy. Which of the following might she start to notice within the next few days and weeks? Hint

A dark line appearing from her pubic bone to her navel
The baby moving
All of these
Braxton Hicks Contractions

9. The mother is now 20 weeks pregnant- half way through. She should now be offered a scan to check the baby's size, organs, brain etc. It can even reveal the sex of your baby. What is this scan most commonly known as? Hint

Dating scan
Sexing scan
Reassurance scan
Anomaly scan

10. The mother is now 24 weeks pregnant. A scan at 20 weeks revealed that the placenta was lying across the cervix. Her scan today showed it had moved out of the way, so there are no problems. However some women's placentas do not move out of the way, meaning that baby's exit is blocked. What is the name given to this condition?

placenta praevia
placental abruption

11. The mother has entered the third trimester. She has 13 weeks or so left of her pregnancy. At her routine midwife appointment today protein was found in her urine and her blood pressure was very high. Our mother has also been suffering from a lot of swelling to her ankles and fingers and has had some really bad headaches. Although a trip to the obstetrician showed all was fine, what potentially life-threatening condition could her symptoms have indicated?

pre-eclampsia
gestational diabetes

12. We're now at 37 weeks, and our mother is getting close to the birth- in fact she is medically classed as 'full term' now and from a medical point of view her baby could be born any day. She had a midwife appointment today, but was sent to the consultant for him to perform an 'ECV'. What was wrong with her baby? Hint

The heart rate of the baby was too fast and they might be in distress
The baby wasn't moving enough
The midwife thought the baby felt too small for the mother's dates
The baby was breech (bottom down)

13. Our poor mother is now overdue! Which of the following is NOT recommended for trying to kick-start labour at home? Hint

Nipple stimulation
Sexual intercourse
Drinking castor oil
Eating pineapples

14. The mother has gone into labour at 40 weeks and 5 days. Twelve hours in and she is fully dilated, after long, painful contractions. She begins to push and her baby is born. Our mother didn't use pain relief, but many women do. Which of these methods of pain relief can cross the placenta and get into the bloodstream of the baby? Hint

Gas and Air
Opiates such as pethidine
Epidural
TENS Machine

15. Congratulations to our mother and her newborn baby. Our mother has opted to have a physiological third stage- what does this mean? Hint

To deliver the placenta standing upright so gravity can assist its delivery
To have drugs to induce the delivery of the placenta
To wait for nature to deliver the placenta without the help of drugs
To wait for the cord to stop pulsating before it is cut


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. From what date is a pregnancy dated?

Answer: The date of the mother's last menstrual period

Interestingly, this makes a mother around two weeks pregnant on the very day her baby is conceived! Pregnancy is calculated as 40 weeks, but the foetus is usually (if not overdue or premature) 38 weeks old at the time of their birth.
2. Conception has occurred, and the mother suspects she may be pregnant. Which of these signs is the LEAST likely indicator of early pregnancy?

Answer: Weight gain

Some mothers have no signals that they are pregnant, whilst others start being sick straight from the beginning. A missed period is normally the first sign and feeling more tired than normal is also an indication for a woman who is trying to become pregnant. Weight gain does not take place until the pregnancy is much further advanced, so would not be considered an early sign.
3. The mother is to do a pregnancy test to confirm the pregnancy. She must now wait until the day of her missed period to do the test.

Answer: False

A mother can test very early nowadays as home pregnancy tests are very accurate and highly sensitive. It is possible that a pregnant woman may get a negative pregnancy result, even when she is pregnant, as the HcG hormone is not yet at a high enough level to produce a positive result.
4. The mother has confirmed she is pregnant. Which of these foods should she now avoid?

Answer: All of them

All of these carry a small risk of listeria and salmonella, a bacteria that can affect the developing baby and even cause miscarriage or stillbirth. Paté is also very high in vitamin A, which has been linked to neurological damage in the unborn baby if consumed in high quantities. This also means you shouldn't take a vitamin supplement containing vitamin A when you are pregnant. Other foods to avoid are peanuts (if someone in your family is allergic to them, or you or the baby's father has asthma, eczema or hay fever), shellfish, sushi, rare or medium cooked meats, liver or liver products, soft-whip ice cream and, of course, alcohol and cigarettes.

Cheeses such as cheddar and cheese spreads are fine to eat.
5. In addition to a vitamin supplement (not containing vitamin A), the mother should also take a supplement of folic acid. What defect does folic acid help to prevent?

Answer: Spina bifida

Folic acid dramatically reduces the risk of your baby developing spina bifida. About 400mg should be taken every day until the end of the 12th week of your pregnancy.
6. The mother is now into her 13th week of pregnancy and has entered the second trimester. Her risk of a miscarriage has now reduced to about 1% (for a normally-progressing, low risk pregnancy). Those nasty, early pregnancy symptoms should now be subsiding. However some women suffer a particularly unpleasant side effect of their pregnancy- extended or extreme morning sickness, that can continue until the baby is born. What is the medical name for this condition?

Answer: Hyperemesis gravidum

Hypertension is high blood pressure, SPD (as it is commonly known by) is a weakening and softening of the hip joints that makes mobility difficult and causes great pain. Obstetric cholestasis is a condition that affects the liver and can affect the baby in later pregnancy.
7. A mother should give up all exercise in her pregnancy.

Answer: false

Whilst pregnancy is not a good time to start a new fitness regime, or suddenly start exercising when previously inactive, there is no medical reason to stop your normal exercise routine when expecting, unless you have been told to by your doctor or midwife. Obvious exceptions to this are skiing, horse riding and any 'extreme' or contact sports such as hang gliding or football. Walking is a superb exercise in pregnancy and can help condition the mother's joints for birth.
8. The mother is now 18 weeks into her pregnancy. Which of the following might she start to notice within the next few days and weeks?

Answer: All of these

Most first time mums will feel the baby between 18 and 22 weeks. It is like a fluttering at first, not a big kick. Braxton Hicks are uterine contractions that prepare and condition the uterus for labour. They are not dangerous, do not signify labour and shouldn't be painful. If you have painful contractions please seek medical help.

The dark line is called Linea Negra; it is caused by hormonal changes and should go away after the baby is born, although it may takes several months for it to disappear.

Not all women have one.
9. The mother is now 20 weeks pregnant- half way through. She should now be offered a scan to check the baby's size, organs, brain etc. It can even reveal the sex of your baby. What is this scan most commonly known as?

Answer: Anomaly scan

In the UK a pregnant woman is usually offered two scans on the NHS - one at 12 weeks (dating scan) and one at 20 weeks (anomaly scan), although this can differ hugely between local Health Authorities. Reassurance scans are not commonly offered on the NHS unless the pregnancy is complicated or the mother has suffered losses in pregnancy before.

Whilst the anomaly scan can reveal the sex not all hospitals will tell you. A private sexing scan will tell you the sex if you want to find out. Other scans include growth scans, where measurements of the baby will be taken and the health of the placenta checked if there are concerns over the size of the baby.
10. The mother is now 24 weeks pregnant. A scan at 20 weeks revealed that the placenta was lying across the cervix. Her scan today showed it had moved out of the way, so there are no problems. However some women's placentas do not move out of the way, meaning that baby's exit is blocked. What is the name given to this condition?

Answer: placenta praevia

Placenta praevia refers to a low-lying placenta, while major placenta praevia, blocking the cervix, means a natural birth is impossible, since there is no path for the baby to follow. A Caesarean section is usually the mother's only option, and is often performed around 38 weeks to try to ensure the mother doesn't go into labour naturally before then.

Placenta abruption can be even more serious, as the placenta detaches itself partly or fully from the uterus wall depriving the baby of oxygen.
11. The mother has entered the third trimester. She has 13 weeks or so left of her pregnancy. At her routine midwife appointment today protein was found in her urine and her blood pressure was very high. Our mother has also been suffering from a lot of swelling to her ankles and fingers and has had some really bad headaches. Although a trip to the obstetrician showed all was fine, what potentially life-threatening condition could her symptoms have indicated?

Answer: pre-eclampsia

Pre-eclampsia affects about 10% of pregnancies and the symptoms are as listed above. It is more common in teenage mothers, mothers aged over 40, overweight mothers and those having a multiple pregnancy.

If left untreated it can develop into a more severe condition called eclampsia which causes the mother to have seizures and has been responsible for the death of both mother and baby. Always get any symptoms you are not happy with checked out.
12. We're now at 37 weeks, and our mother is getting close to the birth- in fact she is medically classed as 'full term' now and from a medical point of view her baby could be born any day. She had a midwife appointment today, but was sent to the consultant for him to perform an 'ECV'. What was wrong with her baby?

Answer: The baby was breech (bottom down)

An ECV stands for 'External Cephalic Version' and is performed after 37 weeks on mothers where their baby is breech- the consultant literally tries to turn the baby with his or her hands by applying pressure to the mother's abdomen. He will watch the baby on an ultrasound and monitor the heartbeat at the same time to check the baby is happy. There are three main reasons it is not usually performed until 37 weeks- firstly, most babies who present as breech turn themselves the correct way round by 37 weeks, secondly, it can cause the baby distress and it may need to be delivered immediately so 37 weeks means the baby will almost certainly be fine, and thirdly it means the baby has much less space to turn back round the wrong way again as it is bigger!

Most women who still have a breech baby after the ECV attempt will opt to deliver by Caesarean section, especially if it is their first child, although a vaginal breech birth is certainly possible.
13. Our poor mother is now overdue! Which of the following is NOT recommended for trying to kick-start labour at home?

Answer: Drinking castor oil

Castor oil tastes disgusting, but the main reason why this should not be used is the fact that it is a laxative and foetal distress can occur from dehydration as a result of diarrhoea. Furthermore it has little effect in naturally inducing labour.

The other three methods are all worth a shot, but there are no guarantees. Sexual intercourse is said to be good as the cervix is stimulated which can start contractions plus there is a hormone in semen called prostaglandin which a hormone that starts labour naturally when produced by the female. It is thought that the semen helps to ripen and dilate the cervix. Don't worry about having intercourse before your due date though - this will only work if you are ready to go into labour. Unless you have been told otherwise sex in pregnancy is safe.

Nipple stimulation is thought to produce oxytocin, another hormone produced by the female body to help contractions, so it is worth a go.

In large doses pineapple can help bring on uterine contractions, although a LOT has to be eaten - a whole pineapple at least!

Other methods of trying to bring on labour can include a cervical sweep, where the midwife or doctor inserts a gloved lubricated finger into the vagina and literally sweeps her finger around the bag of membranes round the baby's head. This is quite effective in starting overdue women labour off in labour.
14. The mother has gone into labour at 40 weeks and 5 days. Twelve hours in and she is fully dilated, after long, painful contractions. She begins to push and her baby is born. Our mother didn't use pain relief, but many women do. Which of these methods of pain relief can cross the placenta and get into the bloodstream of the baby?

Answer: Opiates such as pethidine

Pethidine, an opiate and from the same family as morphine, can be given to women in labour although many midwives resist giving it as it can cross the placenta and make the baby very drowsy at delivery. This, in turn, can cause them to be slow to breathe and may mean the mother has trouble establishing breastfeeding as the drowsy baby is reluctant to feed. None of the other methods mentioned affect the baby.
15. Congratulations to our mother and her newborn baby. Our mother has opted to have a physiological third stage- what does this mean?

Answer: To wait for nature to deliver the placenta without the help of drugs

A birth is only complete once the placenta has been delivered. Looking like raw liver, the placenta has been the baby's lifeline throughout the pregnancy, providing him or her with food, oxygen and nutrients. Without this no mammal life would exist. Whilst an injection is given to most women in Western countries to speed up this delivery lots of women are choosing to wait for nature to take its course. Breastfeeding the newborn can help speed up this process- yet another reason why breastfeeding is best!

In some cultures the placenta is taken home and buried, and some people even eat it. Apparently it helps combat postnatal depression.
Source: Author nutter2002

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