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#1 ~A2~

Posted 25 October 2010 - 09:04 AM

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
AFM - As for me
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)
BF - boyfriend or breast feeding
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
DTD - did the deed (had sex)

EB - Essential Baby
EBM - expressed breastmilk
EC - Elimination Control
EFS - edited for spelling
EK - Essential Kids
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)

FAB - Find a Babysitter
FET - Frozen Embryo Transfer (or fertilised egg transfer)
FIFO - On EB it usually means fly in fly out (in relation to work)
FSH - Follicle Stimulating Hormone
FTR - For the record
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

MCN - Modern cloth nappy or mothercraft nurse
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

NMS - Not my style/scene
NT - nuchal translucency

O - Ovulation
OB - Obstetrician
OHSS - Ovarian Hyper Stimualtion Syndrome
OI - Ovulation Induction
OP - Original poster
OPK - ovulation predictor test kit
OPU - Ovum (Egg) Pick Up
OT - Off topic
OTT - Over the top!

PG - pregnant
POAS  - pee on a stick (pregnancy test)
POF - Premature Ovarian Failure
PP - Previous poster
PM - Private Message (sent through EB's site)
PMSL - pi$$ myself laughing
PROM - Premature Rupture of Membranes
PCOS - Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome
PUL - (in relation to breast pads)  Polyurethane laminate (PUL) is generally a polyester interlock knit fabric that has been laminated to a thin film of polyurethane. This laminated fabric is useful as a wind and/or water barrier in the construction of fluid-splash protecting garments, shower curtains, outerwear clothing, cloth nappies / diapers and cloth menstrual pads. It is very thin and breathable. It can be machine-washed and dried.

ROFL - rolling on floor laughing
ROFLMAO - roll on floor laughing my a$$ off

SAHM - stay at home mum
SD - step daughter
SMEP - sperm meets egg plan (TTC group and TTC plan name)
SN - special needs
SS - step son
SO - significant other

TIA - thanks in advance
TMI - too much information
TTC - trying to conceive

U/S - Ultrasound
UTD - Up the Duff

Vbac - vaginal birth after ceasarian

WAHM - work at home mum
WRT - with respect to

2WW - 2 week wait (wait after ovulation when TTC)

ZOMG - Another version of OMG (Oh my god)

^i^ - This is a symbol for an angel and would represent a lost child or lost pregnancy (features in signatures a lot).


#2 delli

Posted 25 October 2010 - 09:10 AM

I have always wondered what ^i^ is in some sigs?

#3 ~A2~

Posted 25 October 2010 - 09:50 AM

This is a symbol for an angel and would represent a lost child or pregnancy in this case

#4 MegMogandFiestyCat

Posted 26 October 2010 - 09:40 AM


Thank you for this list, it helps heaps.  I was wondering what does AFM mean in the parent groups?


#5 ~A2~

Posted 26 October 2010 - 11:17 AM

AFM means As for Me

Glad the list helps.


#6 Veina

Posted 28 October 2010 - 09:22 AM

Thanks, list is awesome! I was scratching my head wondering what some of them were, thanks!

#7 marce_sof

Posted 28 October 2010 - 09:27 AM

Thanks a lot for the list. Great help for me biggrin.gif

#8 fluffypurplesocks

Posted 06 November 2010 - 12:03 AM

Did I miss the explanation for OP somewhere? I see that one around alot...

#9 ~tobsie~

Posted 06 November 2010 - 12:13 AM

OP Original Poster

#10 fluffypurplesocks

Posted 06 November 2010 - 12:19 AM

Thanks! biggrin.gif

#11 wozzie-woz

Posted 09 November 2010 - 09:41 AM

Anyone know what UTD means?

#12 *~Luvmy3~*

Posted 09 November 2010 - 11:56 AM

Up The Duff

#13 wozzie-woz

Posted 09 November 2010 - 12:58 PM

Of course! Thanks LuvMy2

#14 lilies27

Posted 20 November 2010 - 07:27 PM

What does 'vbac' mean? I have seen this in a lot of sigs but can't work it out.

#15 Lion Cubs

Posted 20 November 2010 - 07:49 PM

vaginal birth after caesarean

#16 lilies27

Posted 21 November 2010 - 06:45 AM

thanks tori82, now it is all clear original.gif

#17 chaney13

Posted 21 November 2010 - 06:53 AM

Add another (.)(.) - boobies as in very very sore boobies

#18 Not Escapin Xmas

Posted 23 November 2010 - 06:17 PM

someone just wrote this back to me on a blog but I don't know what it means! Help?



#19 littlemisscoco

Posted 23 November 2010 - 06:29 PM

Thank you op this helps some i have figured out and the list defently helps <3
*sorry bout the spelling


Posted 17 December 2010 - 04:00 PM

Just joined a week ago  and could not understand some of the letters used. This is great. Thank you so much !! original.gif

#21 dinige

Posted 30 December 2010 - 03:34 PM

What does PUL in relation to breast pads mean? Thanks original.gif

#22 1 for me

Posted 01 January 2011 - 09:22 PM

Ihave been wondering what PP means pls? Is it previous posters?

#23 eigne

Posted 05 January 2011 - 04:05 PM

Yes, previous posters.

I've been wondering what 'OT' means, as in 'OT but your ....'. Is it 'Out there' or 'On tangent'???

#24 scruff101

Posted 05 January 2011 - 04:12 PM

OT - off topic

#25 Mummoo

Posted 05 January 2011 - 09:41 PM

Why do some people start their replies with 'THIS'?

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