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Motherhood in Kenya: What All Those Acronyms in Mom Groups Mean


“Hi moms, last night my LO was fussing as he was BF, so I asked DH to take her. My DM also helps during the day seeing as I’m a CS mom. What tips can you give this FTM to make my experience with DD easier? Also, what FP should I use since I don’t want a SB soon? TIA!

Moms, have you ever come across such a post and you somehow got lost in it all? Well, I’m a member of several mommy Facebook groups in Kenya, and there are many abbreviations that moms frequently use such that if you’re unfamiliar with them, you’ll thoroughly float. As I have done many times 🙂 Has that ever happened to you too?

So I’ve compiled a few of these abbreviations to help out any new mom. If I have left out any, please add in the comments section below. Also share with a fellow mom!

LO – Little One

BF – Breastfeeding

BM – Breast milk

EBF – Exclusive Breastfeeding

DH – Dear Husband

BD – Baby Daddy

SO – Significant Other

DW – Dear Wife

DS – Dear Son

DD – Dear Daughter

DM – Domestic Manager (housegirl, house help or nanny)

MIL – Mother-in-Law

FIL – Father-in-Law

DIL – Daughter-in-Law

SIL – Sister-in-Law

BIL – Brother-in-Law

FP – Family Planning

FTM – First Time Mum

CS – Caeserean Section

VBAC – Vaginal Birth After Caeserean Section

PPD – Post Partum Depression

FB – First Born

SB – Second Born

LB – Last Born

TTC – Trying to Conceive

EDD – Expected Due Date

DD – Due Date

CIO – Cry it Out

SAHM – Stay-at-Home-Mom

WAHM – Work-from-Home-Mom

TIA – Thanks in Advance

TBH – To Be Honest

ION – In Other News

NBR – Not Baby Related

VBS – Vocational Bible School

Did I leave any out? You may add in the comments section down below 🙂

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Maryanne W. Waweru is a Kenyan mum raising her two sons in Nairobi. A journalist, Maryanne is passionate about telling stories and hopes that through her writing, her readers learn something new, feel encouraged, inspired, and appreciative of what they have in their lives. Maryanne's writing focuses on motherhood, women and lifestyle. "Telling stories is the only thing I know how to do," she says.


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