Banish the Phrase “Baby Bump?” No Way! Photo: E.D. Austin Photography
Obviously, we like the phrase “baby bump.” We named our site after it! So we were really disappointed to see that Lake Superior State University included it in its 2012 list of words they’d love to banish. (Yup, this exists -- it's an annual list!)
We’re not as cutesy as most, so we do try to avoid certain silly pregnancy terms here at The Bump. We don’t say “preggers,” “prego” or “bun in the oven” -- and even “knocked up” is pretty darn rare. But “baby bump"? That we like. Because you can only say “belly” so many times without wanting to change things up. Because it reminds us that we’re not just getting fat in the middle, we’re making a baby. And because it’s way better than saying “ginormous uterus” (by the way, "ginormous" was also on the banished words list).
One person who voted on LSSU's list said, "I am so sick of that phrase! It makes pregnancy sound like some fun and in-style thing to do, not a serious choice made by (at the very least) the woman carrying the child." While we agree that pregnancy is a big deal, we also don't think you have to be serious for the whole nine months. It's okay to have some fun and to look good while you're at it. Lighten up!
Sorry LSSU, we love "baby bump" and will continue to use it widely!
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Worst Things to Say to a Pregnant Woman
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