The complete dictionary of pregnancy board abbreviations, to help you decipher the lingo that everyone seems to speak in

The Complete Dictionary of Pregnancy Board Abbreviations and Acronyms

In Pregnancy by The Modern Belly2 Comments

Online pregnancy forums, message boards and fertility communities on social networks are a great place to learn from the experience of others and share your thoughts, feelings and questions with women who are going through the same things as you. However, if you’re anything like me, I’m pretty sure that you found your first visits to these forums slightly confusing. It sometimes seems like women in online fertility and pregnancy communities speak in secret code that at first seems to make no sense. To make things easier and help you decipher the baby board lingo, I put together a dictionary of common pregnancy board abbreviations and acronyms. I tried to make this as comprehensive as possible, so if there are any important ones I left out, please let me know in the comments and I’ll add them in.

Looking for a specific abbreviation? You can easily navigate to it from here:
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 2

A

AF – “Aunt Flo”, menstruation, period
AH – Assisted hatching
AI – Artificial insemination
AMH – Anti-Mullerian Hormone
ART – Assisted reproductive technology

B

BBT – Basal body temperature
BC – Birth control
BCP – Birth control pills
BD – “Baby Dance”, a polite name for sexual intercourse
Beta – Pregnancy blood test
BFN – Big fat negative, negative result on a pregnancy test
BFP – Big fat positive, positive result on a pregnancy test
BM – Birth mother
BM – Breast milk
BPM – Beats per minute
BOB – Baby on board

C

CB / CBPT – Clear Blue Pregnancy Test
CBFM – Clear Blue Fertility Monitor
CD – Menstrual cycle day
CL – Corpus Luteum
CM – Cervical mucus
CP – Cervical Position
C# – Cycle Number
CP – Chemical pregnancy
CP – Cervical position
CS – Cesarean section

D

DB – Dear boyfriend
D&C – Dilation and Curettage
DD – Dear daughter
DE – Donor egg
DF – Dear fiancée
DH- Dear husband
DP – Dear partner, spouse
DP/DT – Days post, day transfer (for example, 6dp5dt would mean 6 days post 5 day embryo transfer)
DPO – Days post-ovulation (also see TWW)
D/R – Down regulation
DS – Dear son
DSD – Dear stepdaughter
DSS – Dear stepson
DTD – Doing the deed, another polite name for sexual intercourse
DPT – Days post-transfer
DW – Dear wife

E

EBF – Exclusively breastfeeding / extended breastfeeding
EC – Embryo cryopreservation / embryo freezing
EDD – Estimated due date
ENDO – Endometriosis
EPO – Evening primrose oil
EPT – Early pregnancy test
EPU – Early pregnancy unit
ER – Egg retrieval
ET – Egg transfer
ETA – Edited to add
EVAP – Evaporation (an ‘evap line’ is a misleading faint line that appears on a pregnancy test due to evaporation of the urine)
EWCM – Egg-white cervical mucus

F

FET – Frozen embryo transfer
FF – Fertility Friend (fertility charting tool)
FIL – Father-in-law
FMU – First morning urine
FOB – Father of baby
FS – Follicular phase
FRER – First Response Early Result pregnancy test
FSH – Follicle-stimulating Hormone
FT – Full-time
FTM – First-time mother
FXed – Fingers crossed

G

GP – General practitioner
Gyno – Gynecologist

H

hCG – Human Chorionic Gonadotropin hormone
HPT – Home pregnancy test
HSG – Hysterosalpingogram (x-ray of the uterus and fallopian tubes)
HB – Heartbeat

I

IB – Implantation bleeding
IC – Incompetent cervix
IC – Internet cheapie, low-cost home pregnancy test
ICSI – Intracytoplasmic sperm injection / micro insemination / micro IVF
IF – Infertility
IUI – Intrauterine insemination
IVF – In vitro fertilization

L

L&D – Labor and delivery
LAP – Laparoscopy
LH – Luteinizing hormone
LMP – Last menstrual period
LO – Little one
LP – Luteal phase, the time between ovulation and menstruation
LPD – Luteal phase defect
LSP – Low sperm count

M

MC, M/C – Miscarriage
MFI – Male factor infertility
MIL – Mother-in-law
MM – Mother’s milk
MMC – Missed miscarriage
MS, M/S – Morning sickness

N

NTNP – Not trying, not preventing

O

O – Ovulation
O’ed – Ovulated
OB – Obstetrician
OB/GYN – Obstetrician/Gynecologist
OH – Other half
OPK – Ovulation predictor kit
OP – Original poster
OTD – Official test date

P

PCO – Polycystic ovaries
PCOS – Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
PCT – Postcoital test
PG – Pregnant, pregnancy
PGP – Pelvic girdle pain
PIAC – Pee in a cup (take a home pregnancy test)
PND – Post-natal depression
PNV – Prenatal vitamin
PMS – Pre-menstrual syndrome
POAS – Pee on a stick (take a home pregnancy test)
PPD – Postpartum depression
PUPO – Pregnant until proven otherwise (a reference to the two week wait)

R

RE – Reproductive Endocrinologist, fertility doctor

S

SA – Semen analysis
SAHD – Stay-at-home dad
SAHM – Stay-at-home mom
SAHP – Stay-at-home parent
SD – Sperm donor
SIL – Sister-in-law
SMEP – Sperm Meets Egg Plan
SO – Significant other
SOD – Sex on demand
SPD – Symphysis pubis dysfunction
STD – Sexually transmitted disease

T

TCOYF – Toni Weschler’s “Taking Charge of Your Fertility”, the ‘bible’ of women trying to conceive
TMI – Too much information
TR – Tubal reversal
TSH – Thyroid-stimulating Hormone
TTC – Trying to conceive
TWW – Two week wait (also 2WW), the two week period following ovulation (luteal phase)

U

US, U/S – Ultrasound
UTI – Urinary tract infection

V

VBAC – Vaginal birth after C-section
VR – Vasectomy reversal

W

WAH – Work at home
WHO – Work out of home
WTO – Waiting to ovlate
WTT – Waiting to try

Y

YI – Yeast Infection

2

2WW / TWW – Two week wait, the two week period days following ovulation (luteal phase)

Bonus for those who made it all the way to the end: If you want to read an epic rant about pregnancy boards and their acronyms, check out Renegade Mothering’s post. And don’t forget to let me know in the comments if there’s any abbreviation that’s missing from this list.

 

Comments

  1. Love this! So many of my friends and even my infertility counselor get confused by the alphabet soup that is the IF world. Now I have a resource to share!

    1. Author

      Thank you – that’s what I was going for 🙂 I know I for one still get confused sometimes!

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