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Words That Have a Different Meaning to Moms

A Bloody Show and 5 Other Terms That Mean Something Completely Different to New Moms

Isn't it bizarre how you can go your whole life thinking a word means one thing, but then something happens and the term is forever changed for you? Women who've given birth, for instance, will never appreciate Johnny Cash's classic hit "Ring of Fire" the same way again. Below, six seemingly innocent definitions that take on a whole new meaning for the moms out there.

Crowning

Definition Before:
A ceremony in which a member of the royal party is formally given power, often involving the ritual placement of a crown on their head.
Sample sentence: "I hope I'm alive to see the crowning of cute little Prince George!"

Definition Now:
During delivery, when your baby's head begins to show through your vaginal opening with each contraction.
Sample sentence: "You're so close — the baby's crowning . . . only seven more excruciatingly painful pushes left!"

Dream Feed

Definition Before:
Your fantasy meal.
Sample sentence: "My dream feed would start out with some crispy porchetta from Il Buco, followed by . . . "

Definition Now:
Breastfeeding or bottle-feeding your baby while he or she is still asleep in the hopes they won't wake you up in the middle of the night.
Sample sentence: "Why is my baby wailing at 3 a.m.?! We did a dream feed and everything!"

Bloody Show

Definition Before:
A graphic or gory television program.
Sample sentence: "Damn, The Walking Dead is one bloody show."

Definition Now:
A stringy mucus discharge tinged with blood that is a sign your cervix is opening up and that labor is imminent.
Sample sentence: "Hello, doctor? I think there's a bloody show in my underpants."

Let Down

Definition Before:
Discouragement or disappointment.
Sample sentence: "That cute guy at the bar never asked for my number, which was such a letdown."

Definition Now:
The initial release of milk from your breasts, which often feels tingly or warm.
Sample sentence: "My boobs feel like bricks, and if I don't let down soon, I'm going to pass out."

Sleep Training

Definition Before:
When you need to readjust your sleep schedule in preparation for a big event.
Sample sentence: "I'm backpacking through Thailand next month, so I'm sleep training now to avoid jet lag."

Definition Now:
When your baby won't sleep through the night on his or her own and you have to enforce any number of techniques.
Sample sentence: "Why do I look like I just barely survived a tornado? We're sleep training."

Ring of Fire

Definition Before:
A 1963 song written by June Carter Cash and popularized by Johnny Cash.
Sample sentence: "I fell into a burning ring of fire / I went down, down, down as the flames went higher."

Definition Now:
The period when your perineal tissues stretch rapidly — and often tear — to accommodate the baby's head.
Sample sentence: "FUUUUUUUU . . . "

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