Maternity pass: meaning of the abbreviations

The maternity pass contains the most important information about the course of your pregnancy. But it’s not always easy for you to understand what the blue maternity pass wants to tell you: the foreign words and abbreviations make it difficult to understand. Here you get an overview of the maternity pass and the meaning of the individual abbreviations.

Why is there a maternity pass?

After the initial examination, you will receive the maternity pass from your doctor. Our illustrations show a copy of the maternity card that was introduced in Germany in 1961 and must be brought to every preventive medical check-up. The type and number of check-ups are precisely defined by the Association of Health Insurance Funds in the maternity guidelines.

What is in the mother’s passport?

The maternity card is there to record the data relevant to the child from the first check-up to birth, including the examination results of the newborn and the postpartum control results of the mother. These include the blood group, the iron content in the blood and the position, weight and height of the child. This pass is important so that you can react quickly and effectively in emergencies. Information about the course of previous pregnancies is also noted. These give the doctor information about possible risks in the current pregnancy. It is just as important to really record all previous pregnancies (gravida), whereby prematurely terminated pregnancies (e.g. due to abortion or miscarriage) must also be taken into account.

You should always have the maternity pass with you so that you and your baby can be helped as quickly as possible in the event of complications. On the basis of the information, an external doctor can treat you accordingly and provide you with medical care. If you do not want this information to be recorded for personal reasons, you can certainly talk to your doctor about it.

What do the terms and abbreviations in the maternity record mean?

But what do terms in the maternity record mean, such as: serological examination and Chlamydia trachomatis antigen or what does the abbreviation LSR stand for? So that you understand the Maternity Pass better, we have “translated” the most important content and terms for you and explained the abbreviations.

General abbreviations

The following abbreviations are very common:

  • Negative result: neg. ; – ; O
  • Positive result: pos. ; +
  • Without (morbid) findings: oB

Page 2 in the maternity record

On the second page of the maternity passport, the blood group and the Rhesus factor are recorded, as well as the results of the antibody screening test and the rubella HAH test. This is what the abbreviations mean:

Page 3 in the maternity record

On the third page of the maternity passport, the proof of bacteria ( e.g. chlamydia infection ), the results of the antibody screening test control, the rubella HAH test control, the examination for venereal diseases (LSR test = Lues search reaction), hepatitis B detection , a possible HIV infection or the presence of a toxoplasmosis disease.

Page 4 in the maternity record

The fourth page records the course of previous pregnancies, previous miscarriages and abortions. What the abbreviations on this page mean:

Page 5 and 6 in the maternity record

On the fifth page, the history of the illness and the date of birth are recorded. On the sixth page, the course of the current pregnancy is recorded and special findings are entered.

  • Isthmocervical insufficiency: The cervix dilates and shortens without noticeable contractions
  • Anemia: anemia
  • Hyper/Hypotonia: Too high/low blood pressure
  • Edema: Water retention in the tissue
  • Gestational diabetes: Diabetes occurring during pregnancy
  • Anomaly in attitude: The position of your baby in your pelvis is not optimal for birth

Page 7 and 8 in the maternity record

Pages 7 and 8 document the gravidogram, give an overview of the results of the check-ups, the development of the pregnancy and the child.

The gravidogram contains the results of your check-ups and includes the following values:

Page 9 in the maternity record

Cardiotocographic findings:
 The heart-tone labor recorder provides information about the heart activity of your baby and the readiness of your uterus to contract. CTGs are done in the last trimester of pregnancy to check that the baby is doing well and that you are already in labour. The date and any abnormalities are noted on this page.

Pages 10 to 13 in the maternity record

The results of the three ultrasound examinations are recorded:

  • Intrauterine seat: The seat of your baby in the uterus

  • FS: fruit sac diameter

  • SSL: Crown-rump length

  • BPD: Largest transverse diameter of your baby’s head

  • FOD: Length diameter of the head

  • ATD: Diameter of your baby’s tummy from side to side

  • APD: Diameter of your baby’s abdomen from front to back

  • FH/HL: Length of the femur and humerus

Page 14 in the maternity record

Page 14 of the maternity record gives an overview of the child’s growth (standard curves for fetal growth). This allows the data from the ultrasonic measurements to be compared.

Overview: Contents of the maternity pass

Pages 15 and 16 summarize the course of the pregnancy and the course of the birth. The condition of the child and the mother after the birth is documented and the results of the final examination are recorded.

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