Useful parenting abbreviation and acronym cheatsheet

If you’re new in the parenting world or into parenting forums, you might be surprised by all the weird jargon used.

AF, DS, PG… Lots of words are being replace by abbreviations. It can make it extra difficult to understand what people are talking about.

To help stay connected, we’ve created this parenting glossaries with the most usual acronyms.

A
AF
Aunt flo or menstrual cycle
AI
Artificial insemination
B
BBT
Basal body temperature
BC
Birth control
BCP
Birth control pills
BD
Baby dance (sex for the purpose of conception)
BF
Breastfeeding
BFN
Big fat negative (pregnancy test)
BFP
Big fat positive (pregnancy test)
BIL
Brother-in-law
BLW
Baby-led weaning
BM
Breast milk
C
C/S
Cesarean section
CD
Cycle day
CF
Cervical fluid
CIO
Cry it out
CM
Cervical mucus
D
DC
Daycare
DCP 
Daycare provider
DD
Dear daughter
DDB
Due date buddy
DE
Donor eggs
DF
dear fiance
DH
Dear husband
DIL
Daughter-in-law
DPO
Days post-ovulation
DS
Dear son
DSD
Dear stepdaughter
DSS
Dear stepson
DW
Dear wife
DuH
Dumb husband
DuW
Dumb wife
E
EBF
Extended breastfeeding or exclusively breastfed
EBM
Expressed breast milk
EDD
Estimated due date or expected date of delivery
F
FF
Formula feeding
FIL
Father-in-law
FTM
First time mum
H
H&H9
Happy and healthy nine months (congratulations on your pregnancy)
HOM
High order multiples
HPT
Home pregnancy test
I
IC
Incompetent cervix
IF
Infertility
IUI
Intrauterine insemination
IVF
In vitro fertilization
L
L&D
Labor and delivery
LO
Little one
LP
Luteal phase
M
MC or M/C
Miscarriage
MIL
Mother-in-law
ML 
Maternity leave
MM
Mother’s milk
MS or M/S
Morning sickness
MW
Midwife
N
NAK
Nursing at keyboard
NIP
Nursing in public
O
O
Ovulation
O’d
Ovulated
P
PG
Pregnant
POAS
Pee on a stick (i.e. pregnancy test)
PP
Postpartum 
PPD
Postpartum depression
R
RE
Reproductive endocrinologist
S
SAHD
Stay-at-home dad
SAHM
Stay-at-home mum
SAHP
Stay-at-home parent
SD
Sperm donor
SIL
Sister-in-law
SO
Significant other
STBX
Soon-to-be-ex (spouse)
T
TTC
Trying to conceive
U
US or U/S
Ultrasound 
V
VBAC
Vaginal birth after cesarean section
W
WAH
Work at home
WAHD
Work-at-home dad
WAHM
Work-at-home mum
WOH
Work-out-of-home
WOHD
Work-outside-home dad
WOHM
Work-outside-home mum
X
XH
Ex-husband
XW
Ex-wife

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