Primiparous, what does that mean?

What is a primiparous woman? Definition

Rare are the women who manage to give a precise definition of the term “primipair” during their first pregnancy before they are confronted with it themselves. There is in fact everything medical jargon linked to the pregnant woman, the first time, then the next, and to the woman giving birth. Not sure which one qualifies for? Let’s go through the names used…sometimes by accident.


This is the term used to denote a woman who is not never experienced a pregnancy, or early pregnancy. The term nulligest calls the . onlack of pregnancy


Once a woman becomes pregnant for the first timeit is considered scoop, or during her first pregnancy, regardless of the purpose of this pregnancy. it is the correct term for a woman during her first pregnancy. In the same order of idea is therefore a primigest woman nulliparous (absence of childbirth) till the end of this pregnancy.


A nulliparous is a woman who: never experienced childbirtheven if she already has or is carrying a child.

Primipara: a woman who has just given birth for the first time

There is a language error on the term primiparous which, colloquially, evokes the first pregnancy of a woman. Mylène Tortajada explains it, however, in the terms used “there is a” difference between pregnancy and childbirtheven though we call them the “primi” in our daily lives, the obstetrician confirms. Thus the woman who is expecting her first child is indeed the first and only becomes primipair in the study, when she actually gave birth to this first child. “In this context, a woman who is expecting her second child also remains a mother for the first time until the second birth,” says the midwife.


“You Become Multiple Once You Have” gave birth to her second child“, continues Mylène Tortajada. And this term also takes into account pregnancies that have had an interruption after 24 weeks of pregnancy, because they require vaginal delivery. The term multipara takes into account the history of the mother. “

Is a first pregnancy always more important?

A first pregnancy is always a revolution in the lives of parents. But is it that much harder, or holier than the following: † The midwife recognizes a certain place of this event without being separate:

“In a sense, this first pregnancy is necessarily perceived as important, because it is the one through which one attains parental status. It is also a complete discovery, and even if all pregnancies are different, for the same woman, in this one, they go on view ahead.”

The following will be a little different depending on experience, the parents generally let loose a little more ballast on the questions. “Of course that also depends on temperament expectant mother, some are more anxious, others take things as they come. Each will do with the resources available,” she affirms.

Does a first pregnancy deserve more research? Coaching?

From a medical point of view, there is no need to schedule more exams or increased control of a pregnant woman, because it is a first pregnancy. “A fact to be moderated according to the woman’s medical history of course, examinations can be decided if she suffers from chronic pathologies… But apart from this case it does not change whether she is in her first, 2nd or 8th pregnancy not much the midwife intervenes.

Side accompaniment, it’s a little different. the need for support is assessed for and with every woman, every couple, regardless of pregnancy. “A specific consultation, early prenatal care, is offered to all pregnant women whether it’s a first pregnancy, a second, a third… to assess their needs and expectations in terms of support, preparation for childbirth,” recalls the midwife. “It’s a personal support† It is very likely that primigravid women have a greater need to prepare for labour, which may be less the case in a third pregnancy. Nevertheless, the request in this case will be based on other needs. Our role is to provide everyone with the necessary support.”

In advance, in the long run, with a delay: when does a first child give birth?

“A first baby always comes early”, “The first one often goes to full term”… Beliefs about a first birth are generally shared without real confirmation. “We often hear that first babies would be born earlier because the uterus would not yet have the capacity to go to the end of the pregnancy, it is absolutely incorrect or unfounded,” the obstetrician denies.

“Every woman is different, and has a somewhat predefined term : some will tend to give birth 3 weeks before the planned dateothers will always go beyond their term… it’s a bit constitutional “, acknowledges Mylène Tortajada. The order of pregnancy therefore has little influence on the date of the term. The risks of preterm birth are greater in multiparas.

Primipara: is the first labor the longest?

Is a first labor necessarily longer or more painful than the next? Mylène Tortajada prefers to reassure patients: “As a general rule, yes, a first birth is” often longer because the body has to adapt to this first. But longer delivery time does not mean a difficult birth, for the medical profession,” she recalls.

A variable duration of labour

Also the duration is an individual factor : for some women the delivery will be quick, for others longer, more labour-intensive… But the woman is not responsible for the course of her delivery. “Therefore, preparation for birth is important, as it allows the woman, even during her first delivery, to assess her individual resources, work on your self confidenceand easier to go into childbirth.”

And to think that a woman’s body is fit, naturally prepared to give birth, even if it has never done so. “Our work as health professionals mainly comes down to intervention if the delivery goes outside the normal lines† But a first delivery does not necessarily require our “technical” intervention. However, the midwife present and the other professionals who work in the delivery room support and guide future mothers as much as possible”, concludes the midwife. However, a support that can be turned into technical assistance if necessary, as there is statistically no more episiotomies practiced during the first deliveries then the following and more use of epidural (source 1).

Leave a Comment