If you're a woman, you've more than likely been frustrated by the offensive and outdated terminology medical professionals often use to describe you and your body. This is especially true if you're a mother or have tried to conceive.
For example, if you were pregnant over 35, you were likely told you had a "geriatric pregnancy."
And if you were having trouble conceiving, your uterus may have been described as "hostile," or your ovaries may have been called "lazy."
Well, Peanut — a social network dedicated to connecting women throughout all stages of motherhood — has started an important campaign called the Renaming Revolution with the goal of updating these hurtful and shame-inducing terms.
To do this, they enlisted the help of thousands of mothers from around the world and a team of linguists, OBGYNs, and psychologists to create The #RenamingRevolution Motherhood & Fertility Glossary.
Here are some of the glossary's updated terms that are honestly so much better now:
Instead of GERIATRIC PREGNANCY for a pregnancy at the age of 35 years or older:
Instead of BARREN for when someone is facing fertility challenges and hasn’t had children yet:
Instead of INFERTILE for struggles to conceive after 12 months of unprotected intercourse:
Instead of BIOLOGICAL CLOCK for the time period when people may consider starting a family:
Instead of HOSTILE UTERUS for when cervical mucus makes the movement of sperm challenging:
Instead of INCOMPETENT CERVIX for when the cervix shortens and opens early without any other
symptoms of labor:
Instead of INHOSPITABLE WOMB for when uterine conditions make it difficult to become or stay pregnant:
Instead of IRRITABLE UTERUS for when non-labor-inducing contractions occur frequently:
Instead of LAZY OVARY for when ovaries stop functioning sooner than expected:
Instead of a SHY CERVIX for a cervix that tilts back toward the spine:
Instead of POOR OVARIAN RESERVE for when the number and development of eggs is lower than expected:
Instead of a VIABILITY SCAN to determine if embryos are present and if the pregnancy is progressing:
Instead of CHEMICAL PREGNANCY for when an egg is fertilized but never fully implants in the uterus:
Instead of FETAL DEMISE for loss of life in the uterus at or after the twentieth week of gestation:
Instead of FAILURE TO DESCEND for when a baby gets stuck in the birth canal:
Instead of a NON-VIABLE PREGNANCY for when the fetus or baby is unable to be born alive:
Instead of FAILED PREGNANCY for a pregnancy that will not carry through to term:
Instead of LATE MISCARRIAGE for loss of a pregnancy between 14 and 24 weeks:
Instead of a SILENT MISCARRIAGE for when the embryo has died but hasn't been released yet:
Instead of SPONTANEOUS ABORTION for a loss of pregnancy naturally before 20 weeks:
Instead of a VANISHING TWIN for a multiple gestation pregnancy that results in a single delivery due to loss:
Instead of INCOMPATIBLE WITH LIFE for when an unborn child is diagnosed with life-limiting conditions:
Instead of a LAZY UTERUS for when the uterus does not contract back on its own after pregnancy:
Instead of MORNING SICKNESS for nausea and sickness at any time during pregnancy:
Instead of an UNEVENTFUL PREGNANCY for when the second half of pregnancy is without medical complications or challenges:
Instead of BIRTH DEFECT for a physical or biochemical difference present at birth:
Instead of BIRTH PLAN for plans, priorities, and wants for one's labor experience:
Instead of FAILED TRIAL OF LABOR for when a challenging attempt at vaginal delivery suggests that cesarean birth will
Instead of RUPTURE THE MEMBRANES for when the amniotic fluid is released from around the fetus at any time before labor starts:
Instead of FAILURE TO PROGRESS for when labor slows and delays delivery of the baby:
Instead of POOR MATERNAL EFFORT for when maternal exhaustion/labor fatigue interferes with fetal descent:
Instead of BIRTH MOTHER for the person who carried the child but is not their mother figure:
Instead of BREAST IS BEST:
Instead of FAILURE TO THRIVE for when a baby is under a certain percentile:
Instead of INSUFFICIENT MILK SUPPLY for lower milk production when breastfeeding:
Instead of STAY-AT-HOME MOM for a mother who cares for their children full-time:
Michelle Kennedy, Founder & CEO of Peanut, told BuzzFeed, "Words matter. Changing the harmful discourse and verbiage that's become so normalized as a way to describe women's bodies is long overdue.”
You can read the complete #RenamingRevolution Motherhood & Fertility Glossary here. Peanut is also sending out printed copies to clinics, classes, and more. You can request one here.
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