What Does FTM Mean?

FTM means "Female to Male" and "First-Time Mom."


The abbreviation "FTM" is most widely used with the meaning "Female-to-Male" to refer to a transgender person who is transitioning from being a woman to being a man. The transition may be social or physical (i.e., involving surgery and/or drugs).

FTM is the opposite of MTF (Male To female).

First-Time Mom

FTM also means "First-Time Mom." It is typically used in posts on parenting forums and in parenting related chats, to refer to a woman who is about to give birth to (or has recently given birth to) her first child. In this context, FTMs are usually the recipients of much support and love from the community, but can also be treated condescendingly.

Summary of Key Points

First definition for FTM

"Female to Male" is the most common definition for FTM on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Female to Male
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

Second definition for FTM

"First-Time Mom" is another common definition for FTM, especially in parenting related forums and groups.
Definition:First-Time Mom
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:

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When I write FTM, I mean this:

meaning of FTM
FTM also means "Female-to-Male."


Examples of FTM in Sentences

Here's an example of FTM being used in conversation:
  • Joan: I don't know how I'm going to cope!
  • Claire: Don't worry! All FTMs go through that. In no time you'll realize that you can do anything one handed.
  • (Here, FTM means "First-Time Mom.")

An Academic Look at FTM

Whether used with the meaning "Female-to-Male" or to mean "First-Time Mom," FTM is classified as an initialism abbreviation, as it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Eff Tee Emm"). Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "new mum" instead of using FTM to mean "First-Time Mom."

Example of FTM Used in a Text


See Also

F (female) FAAB (female assigned at birth) M/F (male/female) M&D (mum and dad) MAAB (male-assigned at birth) MUM (mother) TG (transgender)