In English there are many slang expressions we can use to say somebody is pregnant. We can say:

  • Expecting
  • Carrying a child
  • With child
  • Preggers or Prego
Pregnancy Slang & Idioms

There are also some idioms that we can use:

  • Eating for two – To eat for both yourself and your unborn child.
  • Have a bun in the oven – Picture the baby as a bun and the womb as an oven!
  • In the family way – Some people believe it is not polite or proper to use the word “pregnant in certain situations.  In the family way is a more refined way of saying someone is pregnant. Today this phrase is more commonly used in a humorous way.
  • In the pudding club – This unusual expression probably came about due to the similarity between the shape of a pudding and the shape of a woman’s abdomen during the later stages of pregnancy.
  • Knocked up – Warning; this expression is not very polite and is usually used in a negative way. Knocked Up is also the name of a comedy movie – starring Seth Rogan – about a one-night stand that ends in pregnancy.
  • Up the duff – This expression is quite vulgar and is often used in an offensive way. This idiom can imply that the pregnancy is unwanted or unplanned.
  • Up the spout – This British expression is used in a similar way to up the duff, but is less common. Up the spout can also be used to refer to something that is no longer working or spoiled.

Idioms & slang we can use related to keeping secrets or sharing good news:

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Discuss:
  • Can you think of any more expressions we can use to say that somebody is pregnant?
  • What idioms do you have in your country for being pregnant?