Pregnancy Lingo

For those of you first-timers out there, you’ll have discovered by now that there is a whole new language for pregnancy message boards. Below is a list I found on Baby Center (there is even an explanation of emoticons – I don’t make this stuff up). Maybe people think things are less gross if they abbreviate them? Or maybe using acronyms makes people feel like they are part of the club?

This is my promise to you: I WILL ALWAYS SPELL OUT WORDS. I don’t call Geoff “dear husband” in real life, so why would I call him that here? And we sure as heck don’t call sex the “Baby Dance” and then abbreviate it to BD (because it is obviously way too embarrassing to type out “baby dance”). I also don’t want you to have to decipher my posts to figure out what the heck I’m talking about.

I mean, look at how long this list is:

Acronyms

What they mean

AF Aunt Flo — menstruation/period
AP attachment parenting
BB or BBS Internet bulletin board
BBC BabyCenter
BBL be back later
BBT basal body temperature
BC because, or birth control, or before children
BCPS birth control pills
BD baby dance (sex)
BF breastfeed, or boyfriend
BFN big fat negative (pregnancy test)
BFP big fat positive (pregnancy test)
BIL brother-in-law
BM breast milk, or bowel movement
BRB be right back
BTDT been there, done that
BTW by the way
CD cycle day
CF cervical fluid
CIO cry it out
Circ. circumcise
CM cervical mucus
CWIM see what I mean
CS or C/S cesarean section
DC daycare, dear child
DD dear daughter
DF dear fiancee
DH dear husband
DP dear partner
DPO days past ovulation
DS dear son
DSD dear stepdaughter
DSS dear stepson
DTD do the deed
DW dear wife
EBF extended breastfeeding, exclusively breastfeeding
EBM expressed breast milk
EDD estimated due date, or expected date of delivery
EWCM egg white cervical mucus
FF formula feeding
FIL father-in-law
FT full time
FTM first time mom
FTR for the record
FWIW for what it’s worth
FYI for your information
HPT home pregnancy test
HTH hope this helps
IC incompetent cervix
IMHO in my humble opinion
IMO in my opinion
IRL in real life
ITA I totally agree
IUI intrauterine insemination
IVF in vitro fertilization
JJ or J/J just joking
JK or J/K just kidding
JMHO just my humble opinion, or just my honest opinion
KWIM know what I mean
L&D labor and delivery
LO little one
LOL laughing out loud
LP luteal phase
MC or M/C miscarriage
MIL mother-in-law
ML maternity leave
MM mother’s milk
MYOB mind your own business
NMS not my style
NMSAA not my style at all
NP no problem
O ovulation
O’d ovulated
OMG oh my gosh, or oh my god
OP original poster
OPK ovulation predictor kit
OT off topic
PG pregnant, or pregnancy
POAS pee on a stick (i.e. pregnancy test)
PP previous poster
PPD postpartum depression
RE reproductive endocrinologist
ROFL rolling on floor laughing
SAHD stay-at-home dad
SAHM stay-at-home mom
SAHP stay-at-home parent
SD sperm donor
SIL sister-in-law
SO significant other
TCOYF Taking Charge of Your Fertility, by Toni Weschler
TIA thanks in advance
TMI too much information
TTC trying to conceive
US or U/S ultrasound
VBAC vaginal birth after cesarean section
WAH work at home
WOH work out of the home

 

Now let’s see who can write me the most confusing comment using these acronyms…

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