“Pregnancy stupid”

Lately I’ve been experiencing what I like to call “pregnancy stupid” (also referred to as “pregnancy brain” and “pregnancy haze”).

I’ve been wicked forgetful, more common-senseless than usual, and just an all around wackadoodle.

Here are some examples:

  • I was telling Blake that I should be able to start feeling the baby move around 16 weeks. Of course, it came out of my mouth as “I’ll start to hear the baby kick around 16 weeks.” Now, if we can hear the baby kick, that kid is no longer inside me and we have some major issues.
  • I was talking to a co-worker about a project we could do involving one of those science project 3-flap boards. She went to the office supply store to get some stuff and came back with one of those boards. I was thoroughly puzzled because not only had I said we should do the project, but I said I’d do the project and that she should get the board. I didn’t remember any of that. Wow.

And then there’s the small stuff like forgetting what I’m saying as I’m… wait, what was I saying??

You get the idea. 🙂

Apparently it’s very common:

Forgetfulness (Pregnancy Brain)

Didn’t realize that feeling like a ditz was part of being pregnant? Here’s why you’ve suddenly become an airhead, and what you can do about “pregnancy brain”.

What it is: Pregnancy-induced brain fog, a true (and truly frustrating) hallmark of pregnancy. You may forget appointments, what you just walked into the store for, where you left your purse, whether you turned off the stove — and maybe, your phone number.

What causes forgetfulness during pregnancy: As usual in pregnancy, it’s just your hormones having some fun, this time at the expense of your memory. And believe it or not, your brain-cell volume actually decreases during the third trimester of pregnancy (which could explain why you can’t remember what you just read about in that last paragraph). Not to worry, your brain will plump back up a few months after delivery.

What you need to know about forgetfulness during pregnancy: First of all, pregnancy forgetfulness is completely normal — and extremely common. It’s also temporary — you’ll have total recall again long before you start to have your “senior moments.” And try not to be too hard on yourself, as stress will only cloud your pregnancy brain even more. {Whattoexpect.com}

Aha! Vindication! It’s not my fault! Some folks have tried to reassure me that I’m getting dumber because I’m making a super-genius spawn, while others take a more honest approach: those brain cells are gone and never coming back (thanks Terry!).

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