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Wondering 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)



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