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I had intended this post to be a straight-forward post on handy German vocabulary related to pregnancies. What I did not anticipate was how many pregnancy-related words are incredibly cute, or incredibly interesting in German. We’ll start with some basic vocabulary before moving onto the fun stuff!
die Schwangerschaft – Pregnancy. Ich bin schwanger – I am pregnant.
die Hebamme – Midwife
die Geburt – Birth
der Geburtstermin – Due date
die Kinderklinik – Children’s clinic
der Kinderarzt – Paediatrician. Literally, ‘child doctor’.
First off, the English expression To have a bun in the oven is Einen Braten in der Röhre haben in German: To have a roast in the oven.
If you’re new parents, you’re called die frischgebackene Eltern in German: Freshly-baked parents.
The German word for the contraceptive pill is die Antibabypille: The anti-baby pill.
Amused? Interested? So let’s move onto my top 10 really awesome words.
lit ‚navel cord‘
German word for umbilical cord.
lit ‚mother milk‘
German word for breast milk.
lit ‚loss/fail birth‘
German word for miscarriage.
lit ‚the pains‘ ‚the hurts‘
German word for contractions.
lit ‚the calming‘
German word for breastfeeding.
lit ‚mother mouth‘
German word for cervix.
lit ‚Caesar cut‘
German word for caesarean. Fun fact: The word Kaiser is the German word for Caesar. The word caesarean was named after Julius Caesar, who was allegedly the first person born by caesarean.
lit ‚birth mother‘
German word for womb.
lit ‚fruit water‘
German word for amniotic fluid.
lit ‚mother cake‘
German word for placenta.
There you have my top 10 amazing German pregnancy words! One thing that struck me is how many have the word Mutter (mother) in them, and how much softer/less clinical they sound than their English counterparts. These words are proof that German can be a gentle language, too. 🙂 What do you think?