Question of the Week: August 13, 2012

Question: A female patient is gravida 3 para 2 (G3 P2). What does this mean?

Answer: Gravida refers to the number of pregnancies a woman has had. Para refers to the number of deliveries. In this case the woman has had three pregnancies with two deliveries or births. Generally, a “birth” is considered as a fetus older than 20 weeks whether delivered live or stillborn (although the number of weeks in this definition varies by source).

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