English baby vocabulary

Useful words and phrases to talk about pregnancy and babies in English.

My friend got pregnant / conceived in April and her baby was born in January.

She waited until the second trimester (after three months) to tell people, as by then there is less risk of losing the baby / having a miscarriage. During the pregnancy she had terrible morning sickness and she also had cravings (a strong desire to eat something) for cheese and pickle sandwiches.

The birth itself was uncomplicated. She went into labour at midnight, and the baby was born at 7 a.m. She didn’t feel too much pain and didn’t need an epidural. Instead, she was on drips to make the contractions come a little quicker. Her midwife (special nurse who follows a woman throughout pregnancy) was with her during the birth, just to make sure that everything went well. Luckily, it was a normal delivery and she didn’t need a Caesarean section (operation). The doctor cut the cord and put the baby on her stomach. He said “Congratulations! It’s a healthy baby girl!”

She and her husband prepared their house before she went into hospital. They decorated the nursery (baby’s bedroom). They also had to buy some baby equipment, such as a baby bath, a changing mat (on which they will change the baby’s nappies), a carry cot (so they can carry the baby around), a cot (for the baby to sleep in), and a mobile (to hang over the cot so that the baby can see moving shapes). Friends and family bought them lots of baby clothes and teddy bears.

My friend is now on maternity leave (paid leave from work to have a baby) while her husband can also take paternity leave.

What to say to new parents

“Congratulations on the birth of your baby boy / girl!”

“Congratulations on the safe arrival of (baby’s name).” (in a card)

“Have you decided on a name yet?”

“She / he’s got your nose / eyes / mouth!”

“What a beautiful baby!”