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    Can " first pregnancy" be expressed as "primary gestation"?

    If this is not your first pregnancy you’re probably noticing a big difference not just in the pregnancy itself but also in your life.
    Last edited by NewHopeR; 12-Sep-2012 at 04:45. Reason: misspelling

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    Re: Can " first pregnancy" be expressed as "primary gestation"?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
    If this is not your first pregnancy you’re probably noticing a big difference not just in the pregnancy itself but also in your life.
    Not that I've heard. Do you have a reason to suspect that it means that?

    By the way, you sentence is rather strange. It seems to suggest that if it is your first pregnancy you're probably not noticing a big difference in your life.

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    Re: Can " first pregnancy" be expressed as "primary gestation"?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
    If this is not your firstpregnancy you’re probably noticing a big difference not just in the pregnancy itself but also in your life.
    If I were a young woman pregnant for the first time, your suggestion would be pretty meaningless to me.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Can " first pregnancy" be expressed as "primary gestation"?

    Well, thanks for replying.
    I copied the sentence from a dictionary, which turned out be a strange one.

    Hmm, I have to make one myself:


    A woman at her first pregnancy should seek help from a qualified gynecologist.

    Well, my question is:
    Can I use "primary pregnancy" or "primary gestation" to substitute "first pregnancy"?

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    Re: Can " first pregnancy" be expressed as "primary gestation"?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
    Can I use "primary pregnancy" or "primary gestation" to substitute "first pregnancy"?
    Why would you want to obfuscate?

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    Re: Can " first pregnancy" be expressed as "primary gestation"?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
    Well, thanks for replying.
    I copied the sentence from a dictionary, which turned out be a strange one.

    Hmm, I have to make one myself:


    A woman at her first pregnancy should seek help from a qualified gynecologist.

    Well, my question is:
    Can I use "primary pregnancy" or "primary gestation" to substitute "first pregnancy"?
    No.
    We don't have a "primary" pregnancy going on in one part of our body and a "secondary" pregnancy going on somewhere else. Primary's more dominant meaning is "main" not "first." And no human mother I have ever met thinks of her pregnancy as a "gestation."

    To repeat 5jj's question: Why would you even WANT to do this?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Can " first pregnancy" be expressed as "primary gestation"?

    And it could be argued that women would be well advised to consult a qualified gynaecologist or midwife during any of her pregnancies, not just the first one.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Can " first pregnancy" be expressed as "primary gestation"?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
    Well, my question is:
    Can I use "primary pregnancy" or "primary gestation" to substitute "first pregnancy"?
    I've never heard these used (and I am married to an OB/GYN surgeon and so have heard lots of talk on the topic, though that doesn't make me a specialist).

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    Re: Can " first pregnancy" be expressed as "primary gestation"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I am married to an OB/GYN surgeon
    Brave man!

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    Re: Can " first pregnancy" be expressed as "primary gestation"?

    I'm sure this isn't the time or place but I'm going to do it anyway. The thread reminds me of one of my favourite (almost) one-liners, heard on TV a good few years ago:

    That's the problem with gynaecologists. They don't treat the woman as a (w)hole.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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