preg·​nan·​cy | \ ˈpreg-nən(t)-sē How to pronounce pregnancy (audio) \
plural pregnancies

Definition of pregnancy

1 : the quality of being pregnant (as in meaning)
2 : the condition of being pregnant : gestation
3 : an instance of being pregnant

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Synonyms for pregnancy


family way, gestation, gravidity

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Examples of pregnancy in a Sentence

an elephant's pregnancy can last almost a year

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Gestational carriers, often called surrogates, go through a pregnancy on behalf of another couple. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Surrogacy? The Process, Types, and Costs, Explained by Experts," 1 May 2019 Meghan has continued to support the line, even wearing Flint's heels well into her pregnancy, and providing a silent endorsement of just how comfortable the shoes really are. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle's Favorite Shoe Designer Sarah Flint Makes Heels Comfy Enough for a Pregnant Duchess," 13 Apr. 2019 At least 12 weeks into her pregnancy already, Meghan is clearly prepared to make some changes to her wardrobe to keep things as comfortable as possible during their time down under. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Ditched the Heels and Changed Into Flats During Her First Royal Tour Appearance," 16 Oct. 2018 Jenner surprised her followers by keeping a pregnancy out of view. Rachel Siegel,, "Kylie Jenner is on track to become the youngest self-made billionaire. Ever.," 14 July 2018 This protein is driven by progesterone, the hormone that surges to sustain a pregnancy. Marie Mccullough,, "Can the abortion pill treat advanced lung cancer? This infertility expert wants to find out," 3 July 2018 Our Carriage Infant Loss, for those grieving the loss of a pregnancy or infant, will be held at 7 p.m. June 21 at Christ Lutheran Church, 2610 N. Campbell St., Valparaiso. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 14 June 2018 To do this, the research team first fine-tuned how to determine the stage of a pregnancy. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "This Blood Test Could Predict When Babies Will Arrive Early," 7 June 2018 Timing a pregnancy — or a job switch — is never convenient. Charlotte Cowles, The Cut, "7 Women on Getting Hired While Pregnant," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of pregnancy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of pregnancy

: the condition of a woman or female animal that is going to have a baby or babies : the condition of a pregnant woman or female animal


preg·​nan·​cy | \ ˈpreg-nən-sē How to pronounce pregnancy (audio) \
plural pregnancies

Kids Definition of pregnancy

: the state of being pregnant


preg·​nan·​cy | \ ˈpreg-nən-sē How to pronounce pregnancy (audio) \
plural pregnancies

Medical Definition of pregnancy

1 : the condition of being pregnant
2 : an instance of being pregnant

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