When you get pregnant, you automatically inherit this new language -an entirely new vocabulary to discuss your entirely new life.

If you’re a member of the mom.life app (and you should totally be a member of the mom.life app!), you know how intriguing the mucus plug can be. It comes up on a near daily basis as moms debate, discuss, and celebrate its existence.

For those just embarking on this journey to motherhood, let us help you decipher it and some other terms you may be frantically Googling over the course of the next 10 months.

Pregnancy Glossary: What is A Mucus Plug and Other Things You Will Google While Pregnant

The Mucus Plug

his gross little number forms at the beginning of pregnancy to seal your cervix after conception. It tends to come out right around the time you’re set to give birth. That’s why it’s such a big deal for expecting moms -it’s release signals go time and pregnant moms everywhere are known to stalk their toilets waiting for it to appear.

Braxton Hicks

A word synonymous with pain, at least until you have the pleasure of experiencing childbirth (aka real pain). These are teeny contractions that help your body prepare for real life contractions. They are generally more uncomfortable than painful and can begin as early as the 2nd trimester for some women. It’s just your uterus practicing for the big show.


Sciencey sounding word for the top of your uterus. It is always there, pregnant or not, it belongs on your uterus, but it only becomes important when there is a baby filling your belly. Then, it’s height is used to measure how much your uterus, and in turn, your baby are growing. It helps docs determine things like how pregnant you are and how big or small your baby is.


Also known as dropping. This is the term used when your baby drops into your pelvis in preparation for birth. Don’t get excited, it may happen many weeks before you actually give birth and you won’t actually feel any lighter. For some, particularly moms who have given birth before, this may not occur until you’re panting it out at the hospital. On the bright side, if you do get to experience this before going into labor, you will probably breathe more easily and have less heartburn in those last weeks of pregnancy.


The beautiful moment when you can feel your baby moving. They may feel like ticklish little flutters at first and you may mistake them for gas or your imagination. Expect this to occur anywhere between 16 and 20 weeks for noobs, experienced moms may feel it sooner.

Round Ligament Pain

Basically, growing pains for pregnant people. As your uterus expands and stretches, it gets a little ouchy in areas, specifically around your hips and abdomen. The pain shouldn’t be severe and it shouldn’t last longer than a few seconds. If so, bring it up to your doc on your next visit so he can make sure it’s all good.

Linea Nigra

Known as the pregnancy line, this dark line stretches up the middle of your belly and is usually visible by the 5th month of pregnancy. It doesn’t hurt and you can’t prevent it. It will go away on its own after you have the baby.


Boobs getting oozy? Maybe not, but if so, it’s probably normal. This yellowish fluid is the “first milk” produced before your milk comes in. Expect to see it for sure when baby comes if you start nursing.


Next level morning sickness. Not just a little queasiness, excessive nausea and vomiting that often requires medical intervention. A few crackers aren’t going to help you here. In fact, they will probably just make you barf again.

Gestational Diabetes

It’s diabetes while pregnant and you don’t want this. But, here’s the good news: if you are diagnosed with it, it is likely to go away after you give birth and, if treated and controlled during your pregnancy, you and your baby can remain healthy. If you have a family or personal history with diabetes you may be tested soon after you determine you’re pregnant. If not, you can expect to be given the diabetes test between weeks 24 and 28 of your pregnancy.

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