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Posted 11 December 2005 - 09:14 PM
Wondered what that jumble of letters meant? Here is a rundown of the more commonly used abbreviations/acronyms.
If anyone has anymore, feel free to post any we have missed!
AC - Assisted Conception
AF - Aunt Flo (periods)
AFAIK - as far as I know
AI - Assisted or Artificial Insemination
AID - Artificial Insemination with Donor Sperm
AIH - Artificial Insemination with husband's or partner's sperm
AP - Attachment Parenting
ART - Assisted Reproductive Technolgy
BBT - Basal Body temperature
BD - baby dancing (sex)
BFN - big fat negative (pregnancy test)
BFP - big fat positive (pregnancy test)
BG - Buddy Group
BTW - by the way
BW - blood week (periods)
CC - Controlled Crying
CD - cycle day
CIO - Cry it out
CM - cervical mucus
CVS - Chorionic Villus Sampling
DH, DS, DD, DF, DB - dear husband, dear son, dear daughter, dear fiance, dear boyfriend
DSD, DSS - dear step daughter, dear step son
DI - Donor Insemination
DIG - Due in Group
DP - Dear Partner
DPO - days past ovulation
EBM - expressed breastmilk
EC - Elimination Control
EP - Ectopic Pregnancy
ER - Egg Retrival
ET - Embryo Transfer
ETA - Edited to add
EW or EWCM - Egg White or Egg White Cervical Mucus (description of cervical mucus at ovulation time)
FET - Frozen Embryo Transfer (or fertilised egg transfer)
FSH - Follicle Stimulating Hormone
FWIW - for what it's worth
FYI - for your information
*g* - grin
GIFT - Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer
GD - Gestational Diabetes
GYN - gynaecolgist
HPT - home pregnancy test
HTH - hope this helps
ICSI - Intracytoplasmic Sperm Insertion
IMO - in my opinion
IMHO - in my humble opinion
IUI - Intrauterine Insemination
IVF - In Vitro Fertilisation
IYKWIM - if you know what I mean
JMHO - just my humble opinion
LOL - laughing out loud
MIL, FIL, BIL, SIL - mother, father, brother, sister-in-law
MCHN - Maternal Child Health Nurse (also referred to as CHN or ECHN)
M/C - miscarriage
M/S - morning sickness
O - Ovulation
OB - Obstetrician
OHSS - Ovarian Hyper Stimualtion Syndrome
OI - Ovulation Induction
OPK - ovulation predictor test kit
OPU - Ovum (Egg) Pick Up
OTT - Over the top!
PG - pregnant
POF - Premature Ovarian Failure
PM - Private Message (sent through EB's site)
PMSL - pi$$ myself laughing
PROM - Premature Rupture of Membranes
PCOS - Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome
ROFL - rolling on floor laughing
ROFLMAO - roll on floor laughing my a$$ off
SAHM - stay at home mum
SD - step daughter
SS - step son
SO - significant other
TIA - thanks in advance
TMI - too much information
TTC - trying to conceive
U/S - Ultrasound
WAHM - work at home mum
2WW - 2 week wait (wait after ovulation when TTC)
ZOMG - Another version of OMG (Oh my god)
TYPING IN ALL CAPITALS SIGNIFIES YELLING/SCREAMING
Posted 02 May 2006 - 04:13 AM
Thank you so much for listing all abbreviations. I am new to the forum and was having a problem following the "discussion". Now I can understand and hopefully participate.
Thanks for shedding some light
Posted 04 May 2006 - 06:20 PM
I second that! I am also new and was getting very lost and confused at all the abbreviations. Thanks heaps for the list.
Posted 01 June 2006 - 07:50 PM
OK stupid question, but..
What does OP stand for? Original post? Original poster?
Posted 01 June 2006 - 08:13 PM
Yes OP is original post/poster. Also PP is a previous poster.
Posted 31 August 2006 - 01:07 PM
Thanks for all the acronyms, i was getting very frustrated trying to translate what was being said, without any clues.
This is my 3rd visit to the site, and the info i have taken on board so far has been fab.
Posted 16 October 2006 - 10:12 AM
I have been looking through EB for about a week now and this list has helped a lot, one thing I didn't find explained was PM which is on the bottom of each post. Can anyone help me?
Posted 16 October 2006 - 11:09 AM
PM stands for Private Message. Meaning a message sent through the EB site to the person you wish to send it to.
The buttom underneath each post is what you click on to send the pm.
Feel free to send one to me if you want to practice and I will send you one to show how they come through.
To look at any you receive you click on messenger over on he left and it will show 1 message (or however many) underneath it). You can also set it up so that any messages pop up on the screen if you are here. As a moderator I do this so I don't need to keep checking the Messenger box.
Hope you are enjoying exploring and feel free to contact me (by PM LOL) if you need any further help.
Posted 17 October 2006 - 06:59 PM
As I am new to this can you please tell me what PM stands for as not sure
Posted 17 October 2006 - 07:04 PM
Check out my post above yours.
Hope that helps.
PS I have also updated the list. Thanks for letting us know ladies.
Posted 27 November 2006 - 05:21 PM
Just thought I would add...
TT - Tummy Time or Toilet Training. A little confusing, just depends on the topic.
Posted 04 December 2006 - 01:33 AM
dumb question but what does ETA mean....it's got me stumped
Posted 04 December 2006 - 09:02 AM
thanks for the question littlevic - not dumb at all.
jules095 is correct and I have know added ETA into the abbreviations.
Thanks again to you both
Posted 05 December 2006 - 11:35 AM
thanks alot! i was starting to decode most of it, but there are some that are just impossible to guess! bravo!!
Posted 09 December 2006 - 09:36 PM
Ok I have one that I can't find anywhere. What is PTTK???
Posted 09 December 2006 - 09:42 PM
PTTK is the name of a buddy group here on Essential Baby.
It stands for Part Time Thread Killer, it started as a game to see how long a thread could get before a moderator locked it to open a new one (the person who was last to put a post in before the thread was locked was the thread killer for that thread) but like I said now it is a buddy group.
Hope that helps.
Posted 13 December 2006 - 10:44 AM
I am new to this site and just wanted to say thank you for the list of abbreviations, it has helped a lot!!!
Posted 22 February 2007 - 08:19 AM
this is fantastic. thanks for this list, as i too am a new member and this will help alot,
Posted 20 April 2007 - 08:06 PM
Yes thankyou, tis all making much more sense now !!! Kylie
Posted 26 June 2007 - 09:31 AM
I couldn't help but laugh when I logged onto here this morning! I only found this site yesterday and have been reading some of the posts not being able to work out what people were saying!! I have been thinking about it all night!!
Thanks sooo much for the abreavations - NOW I get it!!
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