When 2 followers message you and ask “what the heck is a G6?”
My bad guys. Lemme explain.
OB docs like to shorten absolutely everything. They have a system for abbreviating a woman’s whole pregnancy history. It’s called the GPAT system. G is Gravida, meaning total number of pregnancies. P is para, meaning number of live children the woman has. A is abortus, for number of pregnancies that did not result in a live birth. T is for term, for number of pregnancies that went to a full term delivery. You can learn a lot from a woman’s Gs and Ps.
Let’s practice, shall we? My mother is a G4P2A2T2. She’s been pregnant 4 times, had 2 babies (both of which were term deliveries), and 2 miscarriages. If the Ps and As don’t add up to the Gs, the patient is pregnant, as in G5P3A1. Or If the Ps +As are greater than the Gs, the patient had a multiple birth, as in G3P4A0.
To confuse things even more, we can abbreviate the Gs and Ps to just a G with numbers, so my mother would be a G4222.
In our OB rounds, we’d open with a short statement about each patient from which you could gather a ton of information. It went a little like this:
This is a 27 year old G4P3A1 at 37 and 4 POD #1 s/p C/S. She is +/immune/NR, desires a circ. Breast and bottle. Depo.
To translate: This 27 year old girl has had 4 pregnancies, 3 kids, and 1 abortion. She is at 37 weeks, 4 days gestation. Today is post-op day 1 after a C-Section. Her Rh type is positive, she’s rubella immune, and her RPR test for syphillis was non-reactive. She desires a circumcision for the baby. She will breast and bottle feed and will be using depo shots for birth control.
Now you see why we abbreviate.