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Common Terms and Abbreviations for Getting Pregnant

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Are you perplexed by the array of acronyms on preconception message boards and websites? If you are trying to conceive and want to be up to date on what other hopeful mothers are discussing, here is a comprehensive list of terms you’ll need to know. Commit this lot to memory and you'll be conversing with the locals in no time.





AF Aunt Flo(w). Your period (menstruation)
BD Baby Dance. Intercourse, sex
BFN Big Fat Negative (pregnancy test result)
BFP Big Fat Positive (pregnancy test result)
BMS Baby-Making Sex
CB Cycle Buddy. Someone who has the same monthly cycle/ovulation dates as you
CD Cycle Day
CF Cervical Fluid
CL Corpus Luteum. A cyst responsible for making the hormone progesterone that prepares the uterus for pregnancy
CM Cervical Mucus
CP Cervical Position
CY Cycle
DI Donor Insemination
DP Dancing Partner. Spouse or significant other
DPO Days Past Ovulation
DTD Doing The Dance. Sex
EW Egg White. Consistency of cervical mucus
FTTA Fertile Thoughts To All
FMU First Morning Urine
hCG Human Chorionic Gonadotropin. Pregnancy hormone
IF Infertility
IUI Intra-Uterine Insemination
IVF In Vitro Fertilization
LH Luteinizing Hormone
LMP Last Menstrual Period
LP Luteal Phase
O Ovulation
OPK Ovulation Predictor Kit
PCOS (POS) Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
PG Pregnancy, pregnant
PT Pregnancy Test
S/A Sperm or semen analysis
TTC Trying To Conceive
2WW Two Week Wait (time until you can take a pregnancy test)



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