Your Guide to Pregnancy Acronyms

December 20, 2018

With the rise of pregnancy-related apps, more and more women are connecting and discussing their experiences virtually. Many pregnancy apps, and even some pregnancy websites, offer discussion boards or forums.

Anyone who ventures into this digital world will quickly find it filled with acronym-packed comments and questions. We’ve compiled a list of common pregnancy-related acronyms and definitions to help you get the most out of your research and the time you spend on forums and discussion boards.

  • 2WW – Two-Week Wait; the approximate time it takes between conception and pregnancy for a test to show a positive result
  • AF – Aunt Flow or menstruation
  • AI – Artificial Insemination
  • BBT – Basal Body Temperature; often rises sharply right before ovulation1
  • BC – Birth Control
  • BFN – Big Fat Negative; indicates a negative pregnancy test result
  • BFP – Big Fat Positive; indicates a positive pregnancy test result
  • BLW – Baby-Led Weaning
  • CP – Chemical Pregnancy; may indicate a very early miscarriage1
  • CS – Cesarean Section or C-section
  • DPO – Days Past Ovulation; used when waiting to take a pregnancy test
  • EDD – Estimated Due Date
  • FMU – First Morning Urine; has highest concentration of pregnancy hormones1
  • FRER – First Response Early Response pregnancy test
  • FTM – First-Time Mom
  • IC – Incompetent Cervix
  • L&D – Labor and Delivery
  • LMP – Last Menstrual Period
  • NTNP – Not Trying Not Preventing
  • O’d – Ovulated
  • OPK – Ovulation Prediction Kit; measures luteinizing hormone, which surges right before ovulation and causes it to occur1
  • PG – Pregnant
  • PPD – Postpartum Depression
  • TTC – Trying To Conceive
  • US – Ultrasound
  • VBAC – Vaginal Birth After Cesarean

How to get the most out of discussion boards and forums on pregnancy, birth and life as a new mom.

There are reputable websites with member-created groups that are dedicated to nearly any pregnancy, conception, birth and baby-related subject. Connecting with others in your situation or who have navigated the landscape of conception, pregnancy and beyond can provide a wonderful sense of community. It can also be a valuable source of information.

Before diving into a new community, read some posts and responses to make sure that the tone and feel of the space is a good fit for you. Look at the level of interaction in the group and check the moderator’s policies to make sure the board is friendly and helpful.

From the earliest stages of your conception journey through weaning your baby and beyond, discussion boards and forums are a great resource. Finding one that’s a good fit for you can be an important addition to your pregnancy experience.

The Prenate® Family of vitamins also supports your pregnancy journey from pre-conception through breastfeeding and beyond. Talk to your doctor about how a prescription supplement can help support your nutritional needs at every step.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

WARNING: Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. Keep this product out of reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.

WARNING: Ingestion of more than 3 grams of omega-3 fatty acids (such as DHA) per day has been shown to have potential antithrombotic effects, including an increased bleeding time and International Normalized Ratio (INR). Administration of omega-3 fatty acids should be avoided in patients taking anticoagulants and in those known to have an inherited or acquired predisposition to bleeding.

This site and its contents are an information resource only, and are neither intended to nor should be used in replacement of your doctor or other prescribing professional’s medical guidance, recommendations or advice. Neither this site nor its information should be used or relied upon for any diagnostic, medical, treatment, nutritional or other purpose. All aspects of pregnancy, including whether pregnancy is right for you, and the nourishment and care of your child, should be made with your doctor and other appropriate medical professional, and in consideration of your and your child’s particular medical history. Avion Pharmaceuticals, LLC (“Avion”) makes no representation, warranty or other undertaking that this site or its information are appropriate for you or your child’s specific needs or issues, and further expressly disclaims all damages, losses, injuries or liability whatsoever incurred or alleged to have been incurred in consequence of your reliance on the information on this site. Avion does not endorse any test, procedure, treatment, remedy, therapy, cure, nutritional regimen, method or other activity or undertaking that you and/or your doctor or other medical professional may elect or recommend. By visiting this site you agree to these terms and conditions and acknowledge that you have read and understand the same. These terms and conditions, together with any information on this site, may be amended, restated or otherwise changed from time to time and at any time by Avion within the sole, absolute and uncontrolled exercise of its discretion. You acknowledge and agree that Avion has no duty or obligation to keep you informed of any amendments to, restatements of or other changes to these terms and conditions or this site, and that you are solely and exclusively responsible for apprising yourself of the same.

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