Part of speech: noun

The state of being with young or with child.

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Usage examples "pregnancy":

  1. During her pregnancy, a dream discomposed my mother so much that her husband, tired with her importunity, at last consulted a highland seer, whose favourable interpretation he would have secured beforehand by a bribe, but found him incorruptible. - "The Adventures of Roderick Random", Tobias Smollett.
  2. Some of these were in a state of pregnancy, others had new- born infants. - "The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus (Vol. II)", Washington Irving.
  3. Furthermore, throughout pregnancy, most women are made most comfortable by frequent small meals; they will almost certainly suffer discomfort if heavy meals are eaten three times a day. - "The Prospective Mother A Handbook for Women During Pregnancy", J. Morris Slemons.