In today's lesson, we're going to look at different ways native English speakers talk about pregnancy. We have a lot of fun ways to talk about and announce a pregnancy. Some of them are a little OTT (over the top) and some are so clever - just look up Pinterest pregnancy announcements for some examples. The word pregnant is still the most used word, but let's look at some other commonly used, more fun words and expressions - and of course, how to use them.
Please note: when talking about pregnancy, it's common to use the word WE as a way to say 'my partner and I.'
WE = a woman and her partner (husband, boyfriend, spouse, life partner, etc.)
pregnant - to have a baby developing in the uterus
expecting (a baby) - to be pregnant; can be used with or without the words 'a baby.'
having a baby - to be pregnant
have a baby on the way - to be pregnant
preggo - pregnant (also spelled: prego) I've often seen this word in online forums.
preggers - a cute way to say pregnant
(to be) eating for two - to be pregnant - eating foods for you and for your unborn child
(to have) a bun in the oven - Pregnant. Bun = baby, Oven = womb
(to have) a pea in the pod - Pregnant. Pea = baby, Pod = womb
(to have) a joey in the pouch- Pregnant. Joey = baby, Pouch= womb
swallowed a watermelon seed - a fun way to refer to pregnancy
(to get) knocked up (vulgar) - to become pregnant, usually unplanned
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Alannah is a CELTA (University of Cambridge) qualified English language teacher from Canada who lives in Italy with her wonderful husband. She's been teaching English since 2006 and has taught many different nationalities in both Canada and Italy.