I saw this sign in a parking lot yesterday:
Are we doing that now, making expecting an adjective? Because it's not. I don't think. I've been wrong before.
In a Googlefight, "expecting mothers" get a respectable 35,400 while "expectant mothers" kills it with 253,000.
Is it that the phrase "she's expecting", with [a baby] understood, makes expecting seem like an adjective?
All I know is that when I see this sign, I expect to see mothers with their children, standing in the space, looking out to the horizon, as if a UFO is about to land.