There is certainly never a dull moment in the business of pregnancy!
Take a wee moment to think of all the weird and wonderful stories you have heard regarding pregnancy and breastfeeding, where truth and fiction blur constantly. Here at HOTmilk, where we deal daily with both, we do like to keep in mind the lighter side of the reproductive phenomenon which lead us to think about the huge number of euphemisms out there to skirt round the issue of being pregnant. Now why can’t we just come out and say, “I’m pregnant, she’s pregnant, his girlfriend’s pregnant…”. No, it seems not!
Yes, we can see there are times when euphemisms do come into play but more to disguise a few fairly graphic anatomical terms, particularly in front of Junior who may happen to be around. But being pregnant? Is it not one of the most enduring facts of life and a cause for celebration?
You only need to follow the celebrity pages to see who has a baby bump. Journalists dedicate themselves to bump watch and conjure up screeds of pregnancy terms…pregtastic, preggerlicious, pregtacular… you get the idea.
Then there are clearly terms for those who don’t wish to acknowledge that being pregnant is a result of having sex, the terms having something of a genteel flavour. In the family way, in a delicate condition and eating for two spring to mind. Then along came a little humour with on stork watch, in the pudding club and bun in the oven. A little more scurrilous, perhaps bandied about with a pint are knocked up, up the duff and for good measure up the spout. Preggers is usually used by women and occupied and enwombed are modern day, tongue in cheek euphemisms making a stand at being added to the list. Definitely a leap in the right direction from the biblical term fallen (“It was two years before I fell…”). Not only does it sound painful, it smacks of Lucifer and the fear of God!
While you may think we have the good people at Apple to thank for the current cool phrase, in pod, this term has actually been around since 1890! But one which we can’t help having a giggle about here at HOTmilk, is the good old got one past the goalie!
If you’ve got any to share, we’d love to hear them!