What she said: translating mum-talk

Excuse me, but what’s that acronym? Conception, pregnancy and parenting open up a whole new world of information, including a seemingly foreign language. Christine Stride translates.

Mummy message boards have their own language, so you’ll need to learn the lingo if you want to join in. Whether you’re TTC by ART or FTPG with a case of GD, there’s an online forum buzzing with others just like you. From the comfort of your couch, you, Babycakes, MissionBump and LoLa1985 can chat about everything from whether it’s normal to crave charcoal, to how often you’ve had to pee already this morning. These forums come with their own coded language, one that shortens those lengthy clinical descriptions, and helps lighten the serious nature of some of the issues surrounding conception and pregnancy. 

Here’s our code-breaker for those acronyms:

AF Aunt Flo (your period)
AI Artificial insemination
AIH Artificial insemination with husband’s sperm
ART Assisted reproductive technology
BOB Baby on board
BBT Basal body temperature (if you’re charting your fertility, this is your temperature when you first wake up in the morning)
BC Birth control
BCP Birth control pill
BDD Baby doing disco
BD Baby dance (sex)
BF Breastfeeding
BFN/P Big fat negative/positive on your pregnancy test
BLW Baby-led weaning
BW Blood week (having your period)
CD Cycle day
CM Cervical mucus
CSMF Can't see my feet
CIO Cry it out
DCC Delayed cord clamping
DH/F/P Dear husband/fiancé(e)/partner
DD Dear daughter
DS  Dear son
DI Donor insemination
DPO Days past ovulation
DTBD Doing the baby dance (sex)
EBM Expressed breast milk
EDD Estimated date of delivery (due date)
EP Ectopic pregnancy (when a fertilised egg attaches somewhere outside the uterus)
ER Egg retrieval
ET Embryo transfer
FTM     First-time mum
FF Formula feeding
FTPG First-time pregnancy
GD Gestational diabetes
HPT Home pregnancy test
HTH Hope that helps
IUI Intra-uterine insemination (involves a laboratory procedure to separate speedy sperm from sluggish or non-moving sperm, and place them in the uterus to boost chances of fertilisation)
IVF In-vitro fertilisation (where an egg is fertilised by sperm in a test tube or elsewhere outside the body)
LO Little one
LP Luteal phase (the second part of the menstrual cycle – the time between ovulation and your period)
ML Maternity Leave
MC Miscarriage
MS Morning sickness
NFP Natural family planning, or the rhythm method
NTNP Not trying/not preventing – letting nature take its course
NTPA Need to pee again
OBB OHbaby!
OWT Old Wive's Tale
OPTK Ovulation Predictor Test Kit
PG Pregnant
POAS Pee on a stick
RPL Recurrent pregnancy loss
SAHM/D Stay at home mum/dad
SB Stillbirth
TWW Two week wait (after insemination)
TTC Trying to conceive
US Ultrasound
VBAC Vaginal birth after Caesarean
WMPS Wet my pants sneezing

FYI, former SAHM Christine Stride is AKA OHbaby! online content manager, and mum to two DDs




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