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10 Pregnancy Phrases That Should Be Banned

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Pregnancy is a time of magic, wonder, excitement and of course the commodifying of your body through ridiculously kitschy terms and phrases that society has invented to gloss over the realities of impending parenthood. From "baby bump" to "about to pop" here are 10 pregnancy phrases that should be banned from our vocabulary. Today.

1. Baby Bump

This cutesy term has been used to describe anything from Jennifer Anniston's post-eating-something-more-substantial-than-rice stomach to Jessica Simpson's move-over-pregnant-lady-on-the-loose belly. And then there are its insufferable spinoffs, like "bump watch" and "bump alert," which are just Hollywood's way of commodifying pregnancy. Also, most people don't have a bump; they have a child growing in their womb. Pregnancy isn't an accessory—it's growing a human.

2. Babymoon

Why can't we call it a vacation? Why is that so hard? Also, the term "babymoon" doesn't make any sense. "Honeymoon" was called so to describe the golden days of marriage. Maybe I'm not doing it right, but there are no real "golden days" of pregnancy. If you aren't puking, then you are in the shove-jellybeans-in-your-face phase, followed by the I'm-too-fat-to-move stage. Then, the baby comes and everyone cries from exhaustion for six weeks. Let's not get cutesy here. Let's just call it a vacation.

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3. Push Present

My husband bought me a necklace before our first child that my sister-in-law immediately called a "push present." No, it was a present. Push present implies that a woman is owed something by her husband because she gave birth. While birth is a worthy occasion to celebrate, no one is entitled to a present. And if they are, then when do partners get the I-listened-to-my-wife-whine-about-hemorrhoids-for-nine-months-and-all-I-got-was-this-lousy-T-shirt present?

4. Natural Childbirth

This term implies that in order to give birth the most "natural" way you must follow a certain procedure, which just sets up false expectations. Just give birth how you want to. There is nothing more natural about a pool in your living room and herbal candles than an epidural and a sexy, revealing hospital gown. If you really want to go "natural," wouldn't you just lay on a bed of fig leaves and scream for Adam to come help you deliver your son Cain? In the end, babies come out. Let's not posture about naturalism.

There is nothing "morning" about morning sickness.

5. Preggo/Preggers

These perky nicknames for the nine-month rush to get into the evil sorority of motherhood don't seem to do the journey justice. I'm not lobbying for everyone to term pregnancy the "magical miracle of life time." But is it so much harder to say "pregnant"? Is it?

6. About to Pop

There is nothing about childbirth that is akin to "popping." Nothing. And when people say you "look like you are about to pop," what they really mean is that you have swollen up so big that there are a bunch of Oompa Loompas behind you ready to roll you away, and Willy Wonka is pissed you ate his bubble gum. If a woman looks like this, she knows. No need to tell her. Also, it becomes really awkward when she tells you she has three months left.

7. Morning Sickness

I blame the medical establishment for this word. There is nothing "morning" about morning sickness. Basically it's persistent pukiness that follows you around while you gestate a child, and if you are lucky the nausea will end in the second trimester. If not, you will find yourself puking on your neighbor's lawn when you are 30 weeks pregnant.

8. Post-Baby Body

Thanks to our image-obsessed culture, pregnant women are worrying about their "post-baby" bodies long before the baby even comes out. Let's stop marking female bodies as b.c. (before child) and a.c. (after child). Let's just call them bodies and appreciate them for all their hard work, not impose ridiculous standards of bikini-readiness before your baby can roll over. But I've always been a dreamer.

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9. Birth Plan

I never heard this term until my pregnancy iPhone app suggested I draw one up. So, at my next appointment, I asked my doctor if I needed a birth plan. "Yes, the plan is to get the baby out," she said. And that's what happened. I'm happy with the result. If you have things you want to happen during birth, great. But do we really need to go all Marshall Plan on our uterus?

10. Baby Shower

This term isn't quite offensive, it just needs a retooling. The term "baby shower" evokes an excruciating time of awkward games and horrible mints and women telling you to just "enjoy it" for three hours. It's also become a pregnancy entitlement, replete with demands, misunderstandings and made-up etiquette. No one owes you a shower because you got pregnant. Also, why are guys left out? How about we just have a party for the new parents? And we can call it something creative like "baby party."

What pregnancy words would you want to ban?

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