OMG: Breaking Down MOM Internet Slang

Have you ever been confused by the MOM Internet Slang?!?!?! I am sure we allllll have! Nikki, thank you for writing this!!!

Readers, feel free to comment with anything we missed!


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photo source http://ellabella.ca/

by Nikki Pennington | staff writer for The Snap Mom

First time mom or veteran mom, we have all seen a post like this, “Hi! WOHM here and just got a BFP. Big surprise, because we were not doing the BD! Hoping to become a SAHM this time. With my DD I FF, this time I would like to EBF. Also, I had a CS and would like to try for a VBAC this time. Open to all suggestions.”

I recall being a first time mom and actually trying to sound out some of the acronyms, thinking somehow I could understand it better. Next, I would try and guess it based on the rest of the comment. That just led to me making up the meaning for the acronym, which never turned out well. Of course, as a new mom, I could never ask another mom friend. I had to fully pretend I knew what every acronym meant. Finally, I broke down and Googled it to help me decipher the secret codes of the mommy message boards. Good news for you friend, I want to save you the time, trouble and headache of it all. I have created a list for you of the basic acronyms used on mommy message boards and in mommy groups. Don’t worry, there will not be a pop quiz at the end of this article.

Parenting Related

AP – Attachment Parenting
BW – baby wearing
BLW – baby led weaning
CIO – cry it out
CD – cloth diaper
FF – formula feeding
BM – breastmilk
BF – breastfeeding
EBF – exclusively breastfeeding
EP – exclusively pumping
NIP – nursing in public

Mom titles and other family members

FTM – first time mom
SAHM – stay at home mom
WAHM – work at home mom
WOHM – work out of home mom
DD – dear daughter
DS – dear son
DH – dear husband
LO – little one
MIL – mother-in-law

Pregnancy/Labor Related

CS – cesarean section
VBAC – vaginal birth after cesarean section
TTC – trying to conceive
BD – baby dance, sex (trying to conceive)
HPT – home pregnancy test
LMP – last menstrual period
BFN – big fat negative
BFP – big fat positive
EDD – estimated due date
PPD – Postpartum Depression
PP – Postpartum
US – ultrasound
BC – birth control
MC – miscarriage
MS – morning sickness
NFP – natural family planning 

Message Board Lingo

(not just on mommy boards… but I didn’t use message boards until I was a mom!)
IMO – in my opinion
TIA – thanks in advance
OP – original poster
PP – previous poster
NBR – not baby related
WSS – what she said (usually referring to the previous poster)
Bump – this is something people comment with in order to bring the thread back to the top of the page; they are “bumping” it to the top by commenting (which makes it the most current thread)
HIPPO – Happily Ignoring Previous Posts Otherwise

Now go try out some of these acronyms in The Snap Mom Community! Then share this with other moms so they can decode the secret language of the mommy message boards and communities.  🙂


 About the author:

Nikki is a stay at home mom to three high spirited boys. Three years ago she became a motherless daughter after losing her own mom to terminal brain cancer. When she is not playing the role of referee for the boys, she spends her days trying to encourage and inspire others that are on the grief journey.