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Ultimate list of internet lingo for mums

17 August 2017 | By

If you’re like me, once I found out I was pregnant, I jumped onto message boards/forums/Facebook groups to see what others’ experiences were like.

And this is what I found.

On a pregnancy forum:

We’ve been TTC and now the 2WW is over so DH picked up a new HPT – wish me luck as I POAS! 🤞


Decided to check out a new mums comment thread on Facebook:

Hey, I’m a FTM with an EBF baby – how much BM should my LO be having? TIA 🤗

Yep, this blew my mind too.

Admittedly, it was rather daunting – it’s almost like all the other mums (and dads) were speaking an entirely new language…

Okay so not every sentence was always that packed with acronyms, but they popped up often enough to keep me confused!

So I put together a go-to cheat sheet of internet lingo commonly used across pregnancy, parenting and trying to conceive posts, forums and comment threads.

Download a copy to keep as a quick reference for yourself, include it as part of a baby shower gift, or pass on to an expectant friend or family member

Check out the complete list of acronyms below. Are there any that you already knew?

“Mom Forum” Lingo

  • 2WW – 2 Week Wait
  • AF – Aunt Flo (menstruation/period)
  • AP – Attachment Parenting
  • BBT – Basal Body Temperature
  • BCP – Birth Control Pill
  • BF – Breastfeeding
  • BFN / BFP – Big Fat Negative / Big Fat Positive (pregnancy test)
  • BLW – Baby Led Weaning
  • BM – Bowel Movement / Breast Milk
  • CF – Cervical Fluid
  • CIO – Crying It Out
  • CS – Caesarean Section
  • DD / DS – Dear Daughter / Dear Son
  • DF / DP – Dear Fiancé / Dear Partner
  • DH / DW – Dear Husband / Dear Wife
  • DSD / DSS – Dear Step Daughter / Dear Step Son
  • DPO – Days Past Ovulation
  • DTD – Do The Deed
  • EBF – Exclusively Breastfed
  • EBM – Expressed Breastmilk
  • EDD – Estimated Due Date / Expected Date of Delivery
  • EP – Ectopic Pregnancy
  • ETA – Estimated Time of Arrival
  • FIL / MIL – Father In Law / Mother In Law
  • FF – Formula Feeding
  • FTM – First Time Mum
  • GD – Gestational Diabetes
  • GTT – Glucose Tolerance Test
  • HPT – Home Pregnancy Test
  • IVF – In-Vitro Fertilisation
  • L&D – Labour and Delivery
  • LC – Lactation Consultant
  • LMP – Last Menstrual Period (first day of your last period)
  • LO – Little One
  • MC – Miscarriage
  • ML – Maternity Leave
  • MO – Month Old (usually with a number in front of it)
  • MS – Morning Sickness
  • NAK – Nursing At Keyboard
  • NBFR – Not Breast Feeding Related
  • NBR – Not Baby Related
  • NFP – Natural Family Planning
  • OB/GYN – Obstetrician/Gynaecologist
  • OH – Other Half
  • OPK – Ovulation Predictor Kit
  • POAS – Pee On A Stick (pregnancy test)
  • PG – Pregnant/Pregnancy
  • PP – Power Pumping
  • PPA – Postpartum Anxiety
  • PPD – Postpartum Depression
  • SAHD / SAHM – Stay At Home Dad / Stay At Home Mum
  • SAHP – Stay At Home Parent
  • SO – Significant Other
  • TTC – Trying To Conceive
  • US – Ultrasound
  • VBAC – Vaginal Birth After Caesarean
  • WAH – Work At Home
  • WAHM – Work At Home Mum

General terms

The list of general acronyms is almost endless…but here are the main ones that I consistently see being used across pregnancy/parenting forums. They’re definitely worth knowing too!

  • AFM – As For Me
  • BTDT – Been There, Done That
  • ETA – Edited to Add / Estimated Time of Arrival
  • FTR – For the Record
  • FWIW – For What It’s Worth
  • FYI – For Your Information
  • HTH – Hope This Helps
  • IMHO – In My Humble Opinion / In My Honest Opinion
  • IMO – In My Opinion
  • IRL – In Real Life
  • KWIM – Know What I Mean?
  • MOTN – Middle Of The Night
  • NBD – No Big Deal
  • NP – No Problem
  • OT – Off Topic
  • PM – Personal Message
  • SMH – Shaking My Head
  • TBH – To Be Honest
  • TIA – Thanks In Advance
  • TMI – Too Much Information

If you come across other acronyms that you’re not familiar with, don’t be afraid to clarify what it means. People are always willing to explain what something stands for if necessary – at some stage everyone is new to it all.

Have I missed anything? Let me know in the comments below!

Isabelle xx

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  1. Awesome post! Hahahaha I’m sure this is really useful for moms on the internet nowadays! My mum has barely learnt how to text and surf the web (yeah, that’s what she calls it *sigh*…simpler times! Thanks for sharing:)

  2. Oh my gosh, these would have been so helpful when I was pregnant with my daughter!!
    Now I see some forums put a translation in parentheses behind the abbreviations. I never understood these short forms anyways.
    I’m sure this will be useful to a lot of new parents! Thanks for sharing.
    XO, Vanessa

  3. Oh my gosh what a great post idea!!!! I remember feeling like a crazy person in different mom groups because of all of the acronyms – I mean really, is it that much more difficult to write it out?! haha.

  4. I know that there are a ton of different things that you find online that they shorten their speak through acronyms. This is such a useful list to help understand somethings people are saying.

  5. Great list. I too was SOO confused when I started looking at parenting forums. Although, for the record, I’ve mostly stopped looking at them because they rarely have led me to actually helpful information.

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