Online chat rooms can be a great source of information and support when you’re trying to conceive, if you’re a new mum, or just looking for advice from other mums in the same boat or in a similar area to you. If you’re new to the chat room scene, you may feel as though you need to take a GCSE in pregnancy/parenting speak, the many acronyms and emoticons that are used! We’ve put together an exhaustive list for you to de-code exactly what’s being talked about in the forums. You can also download it here

Acronyms

2WW – two week wait

AAMOF –  as a matter of fact

AF –  Aunt Flo – menstruation/period

AFAIK – as far as I know

AFK – away from the keyboard

AKA – also known as

AND – any day now

AP – attachment parenting

B4 – before

B4N –  bye for now or before now

BAC – by any chance

BB or BBS – internet bulletin board

BBL – be back later

BBT – basal body temperature

BC – because, or birth control, or before children

BCPS – birth control pills

BD – baby dance (sex)

BF – breastfeed, or boyfriend

BFN – big fat negative (pregnancy test)

BFP – big fat positive (pregnancy test)

BIL – brother in law

BITGOD – back in the good old days

BM – breast milk, or bowel movement

BRB – be right back

BTA – but then again

BTDT – been there, done that

BTW – by the way

BYAM – between you and me

BYKT – but you knew that

CD – cycle day

CF – cervical fluid

CIO – cry it out

Circ. – circumcise

CM – cervical mucus

CMIIW – correct me if I am wrong

CS or C/S – cesarean section

CU – see you

CUL – see you later

CWIM – see what I mean

DC – daycare, dear child

DD – darling daughter

DF – darling fiance/fiancee

DH – darling husband

DP – darling partner

DPO – days past ovulation

DS – darling son

DTD – do the deed

DTRT – do the right thing

DW – darling wife

EBF – extended breastfeeding, exclusively breastfeeding

EBM – expressed breast milk

EDD – estimated due date, or expected date of delivery

EOL – end of lecture

ESP – especially

EWCM – egg white cervical mucus

F2F – face to face

FAQ – frequently asked questions

FF – formula feeding

FIL – father-in-law

FITB – fill in the blank

FOMCL – fell of my chair laughing

FT – full time

FTM – first time mom

FTR – for the record

FTTT – from time to time

FU or 4U – for you

FWIW – for what it’s worth

FYI – for your information

G – grin

GAFIA – get away from it all

GFY – good for you

GMTA – great minds think alike

GOAT – said when member has read all the previous responses before commenting

HIPPO – said when a member is commenting without reading previous responses

HPT – home pregnancy test

HTH – hope this helps

HV – health visitor

IAC – in any case

IAE – in any event

IC – incompetent cervix

IDTT – I’ll drink to that

IIRC – if I remember correctly

IMAO – in my arrogant opinion

IMCO – in my considered opinion

IMHO – in my humble opinion

IMNSHO – in my not so humble opinion

IMO – in my opinion

IMOBO – in my own biased opinion

INPO – in no particular order

IOW – in other words

IRL – in real life

ITA – I totally agree

IUI – intrauterine insemination

IVF – in vitro fertilization

IWBNI – it would be nice if

IYSWIM – if you see what I mean

JIC – just in case

JJ or J/J – just joking

JK or J/K – just kidding

JMHO – just my humble opinion, or just my honest opinion

JTYWLTK – just thought you would like to know

KWIM – know what I mean

L&D – labour and delivery

LMAO – laughing my a*se off

LO – little one

LOL – laughing out loud

LP – luteal phase

MC or M/C – miscarriage or miscarried

MIL – mother-in-law

ML – maternity leave

MM – mother’s milk

MOD – member of the moderating team

MW – midwife

MYOB – mind your own business

N/M – no message

N/T – no text

NMS – not my style

NMSAA – not my style at all

NP – no problem

NRN – no reply necessary

O – ovulation

O’d – ovulated

OH – other half

OIC – oh I see

OM – other man

OMG – oh my gosh, or oh my god

OP – original poster

OPK – ovulation predictor kit

OT – off topic

OTOH – on the other hand

OTT – over the top

OW – other woman

PG – pregnant, or pregnancy

PILs – parents in law

PMSL – peeing myself laughing

PND – post natal depression

PNI – post natal illness

POAS – pee on a stick (i.e. pregnancy test)

POV – point of view

PP – previous poster

PPD – postpartum depression

PTB – powers that be

RE – reproductive endocrinologist

ROFL / ROTFL – rolling on floor laughing

SAHD – stay-at-home dad

SAHM – stay-at-home mom

SAHP – stay-at-home parent

SD – sperm donor

SIL – sister in law

SITD – still in the dark

SO – significant other

TAFN – that’s all for now

TAFT – that’s a frightening thought

TBH – to be honest

TCOYF – taking charge of your fertility

TGIF – thank God it’s Friday

TIA – thanks in advance

TIC – tongue in cheek

TMI – too much information

TNX or TNS – thanks

TPTB – the powers that be

TTBOMK – to the best of my knowledge

TTC – trying to conceive

TTFN – ta ta for now

TTL4N – that’s the lot for now

TTUL – talk to you later

TYVM – thank you very much

US or U/S – ultrasound

VBAC – vaginal birth after cesarean section

WAH – work at home

WFM – works for me

WOH – work out of the home

WRT – with regard to

WTF – what the F***?

WYSIWYG – what you see is what you get

Emoticons

🙂 happy

🙁 sad

😀 grin

8) sunglasses cool

:$ blush or embarrassed

:_( cry

:* kiss

😐 plain

:O shocked

😛 silly

😉 wink

(yell) yell, angry

}-] devil, naughty

O:) angel, innocent

(vomit) vomit

(pout) pout

(yawn) yawn

(bandit) bandit

<3 heart

(star) star

(boy) boy

(girl) girl

(llama) llama

(hippo) hippo

(unicorn) unicorn

(goat) goat

(popcorn) popcorn

(chair) chair

(yay) yay, celebrate, congratulations

(DTD) sex

(rainbow) rainbow

(shocked) shocked baby face

(silence) silence baby face

(sad) sad baby face

(angry) angry baby face

(lol) laughing baby face

(love) love baby face with hearts in his eyes

(lovelove) baby face with hearts around her head

(crying) crying baby face

(bfn) Big Fat Negative pregnancy test

(bfp) Big Fat Positive pregnancy test

(cheers) wine glass

(diaper) dirty diaper

(coffee) coffee mug

(boobaward) breastfeeding award

(goldenboobs) breastfeeding gold award

(goldenbottle) golden bottle award

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