How to hold down a full-time career, get a graduate degree, participate in a social/charity group, and grow a fetus in your uterus all at the same time. The working woman's guide to pregnancy.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Pregnancy Brain

Duhhhhhhhh.......

I've gotten much dumber recently. It's a wonder that I can even successfully write a blog post anymore.

As I explained to BD, I'm have trouble "closing the deal." If I remember to do something, I remember to do 95% of it, but then forget the final and most important 5%. Example: I remembered to ask BD for my new insurance info before I left for the doctor's appointment last week. I remembered to print it out. And then I left it on the printer. This instance alone is not cause for alarm...it's just when you realize that nearly every single activity I engage in ends similarly.

Apparently I'm not alone: http://pregnancy.about.com/cs/symptoms/a/placentabrains.htm
Brain shrinkage seems to be common in pregnancy, and lasts through the first six months after birth.

So bear with me, my friends. If I'm acting flaky, or forgetting your names, just pat my belly and realize that I have "a condition."

5 comments:

eipwek said...

One of the first things my midwife told my husband is to try to be understanding when it comes to the forgetfulness and general stupiditiy that may overtake my brain now and again.

Toward the beginning of the pregnancy, my husband came home from an errand and said that someone rear-ended him in a parking lot. I walked around to the FRONT of his vehicle to check out the damage. Um, duh. The worst part is, it really took my brain a while to process that "rear-end" means to be hit from BEHIND - I think my dumb pregnancy brain was getting that phrase confused with "backed-into" or something. I don't know. I was embarrassed because my husband and his friend were looking at me like, "What have you been smoking??"

Rebecca said...

That means you will finally be down to everyone else's level... Excellent...

Kathryn said...

after spending only 36 hours alone with a toddler last year, i realized that pregnancy brain must be nature's way of preparing you for the tedium of caring for young kids. On the one hand, it was a marvel and special moment to watch this brilliant child figure out that the cap to a marker only fits one way. On the other hand, it was SO BORING to watch her consolidate this skill for the next 20 minutes. So, maybe that's why?

rose said...

i've heard many of my friends describe "pregnancy brain", so you're totally off the hook. on the other hand, i'm still looking for a convenient excuse to blame my constant absentmindedness on...

RobinPregnancy said...

It does get better, or so I'm told. I'm still waiting...