When TTC (trying to conceive), you will get your hands on every piece of literature you can to learn the best practices! Ultimately, it is important to know the lingo to get a better understanding of how things work. So, we broke down the most commonly used terms and acronyms to help you talk the talk.
AF stands for Aunt Flo: Represents your period or menstruation cycle
BBT stands for Basal Body Temperature: The recording of your lowest body temperature. It is usually taken after waking to predict when you will ovulate. There is a slight increase in your basal body temperature during ovulation.
BD stands for Baby Dance: Refers to a couple who is trying to conceive; it is also another term for sex.
BFN stands for Big Fat Negative: A “not pregnant” result on a pregnancy test.
BFP stands for Big Fat Positive: A “pregnancy” result on a pregnancy test. Your conception journey has officially begun!
BT stands for Blood Test: A pregnancy blood test that measures the amount of pregnancy hormones in a woman’s bloodstream.
CD stands for Cycle Day: Your first cycle day begins on the first day of your period.
CF stands for Cervical Fluid: Cervical Fluid (also referred to as cervical mucus) is a key factor to help indicate fertility. Your mucus is generally dry, thick, and sticky at the end of your period cycle, and then transforms to wet and thin during ovulation.
CM stands for Cervical Mucus: Cervical Mucus (also referred to as cervical fluid) is produced during your cycle. Your mucus increases in amount and consistency throughout your cycle. It is the most fertile when it is clear and stretchy.
EDD stands for Estimated Delivery Date: This represents your baby’s due date, which is determined from an ultrasound.
Endometrium: This refers to the mucus membrane that outlines the inside of the uterus. During a woman’s menstruation cycle, the endometrium is thick while it gets ready for pregnancy. However, if a woman does not conceive, part of the endometrium will shed.
Fallopian Tubes: The fallopian tubes are part of your female reproductive tract. Every woman has one pair of fallopian tubes, where the eggs travel from your ovaries to your uterus. The egg is fertilized in the ampulla, which is also located in the fallopian tubes.
Fertilization: This occurs when a woman’s egg and a man’s sperm unite. A woman is only fertile for a couple of days each month. Sperm can live outside of a woman’s uterus for about 72 hours. While an egg’s lifespan is only 12-24 hours. It’s best if the sperm awaits the egg, as sperm has a longer life span and needs to get a head start for its long journey.
Folic Acid: Folic acid is a B vitamin that helps the body produce new blood, skin, hair, and nail cells. It is essential for women to take folic acid one month before they become pregnant. Folic acid can prevent babies from developing neural tube, anencephaly, or spina bifida.
FMU stands for First Morning Urine: Your first morning urine contains the highest levels of hCG. A pregnancy test is able to detect pregnancy sooner with a higher concentration of hCG than with urine used after your FMU.
hCG stands for Human chorionic gonadotropin: A hormone that is created during a woman’s pregnancy. It originates from a growing embryo immediately after conception then by the placenta. After implantation, the placenta emits hCG into your blood stream.
Implantation: This occurs when the fertilized egg attaches to the uterus wall at the beginning of pregnancy.
Menstruation or Menstrual Cycle: The various changes a woman’s body experiences to prepare for pregnancy. A woman will have a menstrual cycle once a month, whereas her uterus grows a new lining (endometrium) in preparation for a fertilized egg. However, if the egg does not become fertilized, the uterus lining will begin to shed, causing menstrual bleeding. Women may experience menstruation until menopuause.
MS stands for Morning Sickness: During pregnancy, women may experience morning sickness -or all day – sickness. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness, sensitivity to smell, and fatigue. Our Nausea Relief is a great way to alleviate morning sickness.
NPP stands for Not Preventing Pregnancy: This refers to a couple who are not using methods of birth control to prevent pregnancy. Their ultimate goal is to conceive.
O stands for Ovulation: When the egg is released from the ovary. Ovulation usually occurs approximately 14 days before the next menstrual period is due.
O’ING stands for Ovulating: When an egg is released. It is best to have intercourse with your partner every other day during your ovulation cycle.
PG stands for Pregnant: If you are pregnant after using PregPrep Complete Conception, congrats on being a PregPrep Mama and meeting your goal!
POAS stands for Pee on a Stick: When you take an at-home pregnancy test.
Progesterone: This is a hormone made by the ovaries. Progesterone levels may contribute to irregular periods. However, it is essential for the implantation of a fertilized egg and helps support pregnancy.
PVN stands for Prenatal Vitamin: It is recommended that a woman take prenatal vitamins when trying to conceive to improve her and her baby’s health about 3 months before getting pregnant. A baby can develop birth defects during the first trimester, and vitamins including folic acid, may help prevent this from occurring.
TTC stands for Trying To Conceive: This refers to women who are actively attempting to get pregnant with their partner.
US stands for Ultrasound: An ultrasound utilizes high-frequency sound waves and a computer to create images of tissues and organs. Ultrasound probes may be used on a woman’s abdomen or inserted in the vagina to check for signs of fertility.