Jump to content
67 replies to this topic
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!!
1 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users
The Essential Baby & Toddler Show is back this April! Save $8 off the door price for a limited time only!
Sometimes the greatest baby name ideas come from the most unexpected places, as these EB members show.
While we often think of pregnancy as a 40 week affair, experts agree that 37 weeks is actually “full term". So is there an argument for inducing all births at 37 weeks?
Controlled-crying techniques may help some babies sleep through the night, but for many exhausted new parents, it's just a recipe for more tears all round.
As people become more aware of these benefits, I hope more parents will practice this method, so we can cut down on nappies and improve baby bonding.
Aussie actress Emily Symons has announced she is pregnant with her first baby.
A little girl will grow up without her father after the fit and healthy 34-year-old passed away while doing something he had practised his whole life.
You could be doing yourself a disservice by encouraging your toddler to have an afternoon nap, according to new research.
We've compiled a guide to some of the most popular presents for newborns and new mums, and for christenings and naming days.
Actress Jaime King is pregnant with her second child, giving 16-month-old James a sibling.
The Abbott government should extend funding to nannies, and direct childcare payments to low and middle income families, a landmark study on childcare has found.
As many as one in two newborn babies suffer from skin irritations in their first few weeks. So what are the most common rashes and irritations to look out for?
Wall decals are the answer to creating a beautiful nursery or children's space without lifting a paint brush, a spirit level or even a hammer.
Three-year-old Cain Trainor headed off home after his first day at a new preschool without telling anyone.
In spite of being in an almost constant state of motion while looking after the kids and trying to keep things together at home, it can seem as though parents have managed to get nothing on the to-do list done by the end of the day.
The middle name is no longer an afterthought, and parents' inspiration comes from many places.
A new IVF scheme offers couples the chance to fall pregnant and give birth - or get their money back. But there's more to it than you might think.
A baby born still inside the amniotic sac gave US doctors a rare glimpse at life inside the womb.
Three years ago Jason Hughes viciously attacked his ex-partner. Now she has to write to him three times a year.
A West Australian woman will fight allegations that she scammed expectant mums by selling them fake ultrasound pictures of babies.
Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.
Top 5 Articles
A Sydney mother who suffered brain damage when she was hit by a car while pushing her newborn baby in a pram has reached a confidential out-of-court settlement with the driver's insurance company.
A culturally sensitive midwifery service has gained the trust and respect of Aboriginal women.
Most mums-to-be plan to take things easy and perhaps have a little break from work as the birth of their baby draws near. Not Kate McCartney.
Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.
Last week an un-retouched photo of model Cindy Crawford surfaced, showing the 48-year-old mother-of -two posing in underwear.
Thought your toddler could not love pancakes any more than they already do? How about if the breakfast treat came in the shape of every two-year-old's favourite cartoon character?
I thought I was never going to be able to have a successful pregnancy. I decided that I wasn't going to form an emotional attachment with this baby.
February 18 marks the start of one of the most prolific annual baby competitions in Australia: the Bonds Baby Search. And this year is going to be more special than ever.
This is not something that people like to talk about, but Facebook has announced that it will grant users more control over what happens to their pages after they die.
Mother of four Marie Holmes was financially struggling after quitting her jobs at Walmart and McDonald's in order to care for her children.
A first-time mother whose daughter died hours after her frightening birth insists she was never told of the risks of being obese and pregnant.
She has labelled parents who do not vaccinate their children "misinformed imbeciles" - and for that, she makes no apologies.
Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.
I never thought I’d say this, but for a brief moment last week, Kim Kardashian and I had something in common: both our kids had public tantrums.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common female hormonal condition, affecting roughly one in 12 Australian women.
If doing it on your back is out, what's the best position for labour and birth?
With Valentine's Day coming up, Nat Gilbert could be forgiven for thinking her husband might be planning a surprise for her.
We usually only hear the success stories: tales of the two-year-old who’s talking, running and completely toilet trained. But other stories need to be told too.
Sarah Kiss has a word of advice for proud mums and dads who are keen to enter their babies in this year's Bonds Baby Search Competition - just have fun.
If your family needs to go to sleep school, go with them. You are part of that family and you are part of the solution.
A French court may have ruled out Nutella as a baby name, but that doesn't have to stop you from taking inspiration from the supermarket (or bottle shop). See what parents in the US have chosen for their delicious little ones.
Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.
Win a KitchenAid Mixer
To celebrate, and to thank our amazing fans, we?re giving away a KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer.