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Pregnancy Euphemisms: 12 Weird, Annoying & Funny Ways to Say "Pregnant"

By Devan McGuinness |

The openness about pregnancy has really changed over the years. Back in our grandparents day women were expected to hide their pregnancies, not show them off. It wasn’t something that was openly talked about and even the husbands were not allowed to be in the delivery room when all the magic happened.

Fast forward to 2012 and not only are we encouraged to show off the glowing, beautiful bumps, we are all excited to celebrate the changes that are happening. We come up with creative ways to share the news that the family is expanding, there are are parties for gender and arrivals and generally it’s a huge celebration.

Along with all the creativity in sharing the news, there are even more euphemisms for the term “pregnant” — each with their own connotation depending on your feelings about your situation (since, it’s also more socially acceptable to be in different situations). Some of the phrases are totally cute and fun, others make my skin crawl when I hear them. But, to each their own.

Click through for 12 euphemisms for ‘pregnant’ and chime in on which is the most funny and most annoying:

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Pregnancy Euphemisms


This term is the number one most hated by me. It makes my skin crawl for some reason when I hear it.
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0 thoughts on “Pregnancy Euphemisms: 12 Weird, Annoying & Funny Ways to Say "Pregnant"

  1. Kate says:

    Ugh, I hate, hate, hate the term preggers as well. I have a friend who uses it in earnest and it is everything I can do not to call her terrible names

  2. Amanda R. says:

    Kate, I couldn’t agree with you more! When I see people type “preggers” on facebook or blogs, I wonder if they use the term as a shortcut or if they are trying to be cute. When I realized that it doesn’t have any fewer letter than “pregnant” I came to the conclusion that they are trying to be cute but failing miserably. (Same with “prego”–I always think of pasta sauce)

  3. Rose says:

    Ugh, add me to the preggers/preggo hate train. How hard is it to say “pregnant”? I used the phrase, “in a delicate condition” a few times because I thought it was funny, but only in a joking way.

  4. Mary says:

    I hate Preggers/prego as well. It’s horrible. It reminds me of euphemisms for your period, and the celebrity tabloids use it all the time. I also think Knock-up is better for a planned pregnancy, then it has the funny and ironic effect. Saying it about an accidental pregnancy can be offensive, depending on your relationship with the person. Of corse it doesn’t really matter if you aren’t saying it to their face…

  5. Holly Lowery says:

    I think “Bun in the oven” started because when you put bread (or bun) in the oven, it “grows”. So I think it is cute, in a silly way. Preggo is just nasty, I can’t help thinking about how it looks like “an abortion in a jar”. Makes me want to throw up when I hear it.

  6. Abi says:

    I thought I was the only one that absolutely hates preggers/preggo! My friend and I love to say I’m ‘with child.’ It’s an old saying, which I think makes it funny.

  7. Kristin says:

    There are times I feel like something from the movie The Alien so we’re referring to our little one at The Feti and I’m The Host.

    My boss is much more old fashioned. He tells people I am “in a family way.”

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