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Forgetfulness: The 'Pregnancy Brain'

Are you finding yourself standing around lately wondering what you're supposed to be doing? Do you forget important appointments? Does your mind feel too full to take in any more data? Yep—you're pregnant. This mental fog is a natural result of the body's intense focus on baby-making. Powerful hormonal changes are going on that affect your ability to concentrate and remember. Don't fight it—you'll only get more flustered. Work with it.

If you can't count on your memory anymore, try these memory aids:

These things will help reduce that scatterbrained feeling—but they won't get rid of it. You can expect to be just a little less efficient for the remainder of your pregnancy. Then, the sleeplessness caused by caring for a newborn will give you a brand-new set of excuses for having a brain that feels like it's turned into mashed bananas.

Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth © 2004 by Michele Isaac Gliksman, M.D. and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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