Ever go into one of those parenting or pregnancy groups and feel like it’s a puzzle? Over the past few months I’ve found myself googling half the acronyms and abbreviations I’ve come across.

Lets play a game of FILL-IN-THE-BLANKS.

‘Hi, I’m a FTM. I CD, BW and we’ve just started BLW. I’m a WM and my MIL minds my DS and she feels my DS isn’t eating enough. Any advice? TIA x’

Did you understand any of that? Abbreviations and acronyms are popping up everywhere these days especially in forums and parenting and pregnancy groups. When I joined my first mammy group last year I use to be furious when I seen FTM, I thought it meant full-time mom but it actually means First Time Mom. Then there was a VBAC. Having never had a caesarean I was totally out of the loop with this one. It means Vaginal Birth After Caesaran just in case you’re a tick like me and hadn’t a clue.<script async src=”//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js”></script>
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Here’s a list of some of the well-established acronyms that I’ve come across in the past few months. And if you’re a FTM you need to study these carefully before ever entering any of the many forums or groups.

OH – Other half

LO – Little one

DD – Dear daughter

DS – Dear son

DF – Dear fiance

DH – Dear husband

MIL – Mother-in-law

FIL – Father-in-law

NAK – Nursing at keyboard

NIP – Nursing in public

EBF – Exclusively breastfed

BF – Breastfeeding

CF – Combination feed

EBM – Expressed breast milk

EN – Extended nursing

GD – Gestational diabetes

MC – Miscarriage

BFN – Big fat negative (pregnancy test)

BFP – Big fat positive

US – Ultrasound

MS – Morning sickness

EDD – Estimated date of delivery (due date)

CD – Cloth diaper

OWT – Old wives tale

BW – Baby wearing

BLW – Baby led weaning

AP- Attachment parenting

CIO – Cry it out

WAHM – Work at home mam

WM – Working mam

SAHM – Stay at home mam

FTM – FIRST time mam (just incase you’ve forgotten)

TIA – Thanks in advance

F – Following

Have you any others to add? Did you find yourself googling ‘the answers’ like me when you first joined a parenting group? Bring back back-slang I say.

15 Comments on Fill in the blanks : Parenting, Pregnancy and Family Acronyms and Abbreviations

  1. I think my favourite one was BD – Baby Dance – well, thats one name for it! It’s like a whole new language! Great post that will be v useful to FTMs 😛

  2. Most of these are new to be even with 2 under 2…maybe I’ve not been googling enough! Too many abbreviations just make me stop reading. It’s like an exclusive club!

  3. Yep I’m pretty good with all these abbreviations now but it wasn’t too long ago that I was like, WTAF! Lol 😉

  4. OMG these used to drive me crazy when I first joined my birth month forums on the Birth Centre. I had to Google 90% of them and still don’t understand the point of the “darling” before everyone anyone refers to, do you?

  5. I am so glad I read this post!!! I have never understood those abbreviations! I really don’t understand why it has to be DD and DS. I never talk to people and describe my son as my ‘dear son’! X

  6. lol I knew about 5 of these! I’m constantly googling appreciations & am useless at them. Same goes for hashtags on Instagram & Twitter! x

  7. These are great! I am a special needs mammy so we talk alot on line in abbreviations about all the conditions etc but some of yours above I have never heard of like CIO 😀 Good to know now if I read some of these elsewhere I won’t be half as confused as I normally am.x

  8. I admit to having to Google some of these before. I hate text speak so these annoy me, especially if one was to use so many in one sentence, making in incoherent. Thank for the list, I have seen people mention BFP and knew it meant a positive test but didn’t actually know what the letters meant

  9. wow, im shocked at how many of them I didn’t know. I don’t really use abbreviations maybe just the odd LOL now and again.

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