The Best Nicknames for Unborn Babies (What Was Yours?!)

During my twin pregnancy, I was always much too superstitious to refer to my babies by any names: not by their actual names, which we'd selected about halfway through, and not by any nicknames, either.

But I do remember that when my sister was pregnant with my first nephew, she nicknamed him "Dean," because it made a funny rhyme with their last name, Green—and they referred to the baby in utero as Dean so frequently that I accidentally posted a birth announcement to Facebook using the nickname on the day he was born! It had become so ingrained.

I also have plenty of friends whose unborn babies have gone by names like Peanut—and I bet you do, too. Turns out, tons of expecting parents give fun nicknames to their unborn babies!

Ovuline, the developers of Ovia Fertility and Ovia Pregnancy mobile apps, collected data from its 2 million users and developed a map showing unique baby nicknames in each U.S. state.

Turns out, some of the names are pretty hilarious as well as adorable. For instance, some California parents refer to their unborn babes as Tiniest Bear or Starburst. In Minnesota, choice examples include Fish Stick and Shining Star. And in Nebraska, some music-minded parents picked Little Drummer and Future Rockstar to identify their future offspring. Other silly choices around the country include Sugar Lump... and Little Meatball. (Paging Snooki and Jwoww!)

Check out the whole map here:

I'd love to hear from you: Did or do you have a silly name for your unborn baby?

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom. She's also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

Photo courtesy of Shutterstock, map courtesy of Ovuline

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