Embarrassing Pregnancy Symptoms

If there is anything in life that will redefine “humility,” it’s pregnancy. Not only do you develop a tolerance for needles, you also learn how to take a multitude of embarrassing moments in stride. It’s just part of the territory. Here are some of my top embarrassing moments and symptoms I experienced during my pregnancy. Fuzzy Wuzzy Some women have no problem lifting their shirt to reveal a blossoming baby belly for all to see. Some women are a little hesitant to show off their stretch marks. I had a different reason to keep my shirt tucked: hair! The oddest … Continue reading

Pregnancy and Forgetfulness

A recent study conducted on 90 women who were either not pregnant, in their first trimester, or in their third trimester, revealed that pregnancy does make women forgetful. The women who were in their third trimester had poorer memory function than the women who were not pregnant, especially auditory memory. Auditory memory involves remembering something that you’ve heard, which explains why you may find yourself repeatedly asking, “What did you ask me to do again?” I don’t know about you, but I don’t need a scientific study to tell me I lost my mind during pregnancy. I recall (no pun … Continue reading

Pregnancy Blog Review for October 12 – 25

Welcome to the Pregnancy Blog Review. In this section, I summarize the recent posts in the blog with a short description of the topic. Links are provided for you to easily click to read the rest of the story. The review is a good place to view the recent blogs in one place. The conclusive tests for chromosomal disorders, including Down’s syndrome are often invasive and carry risks to the baby. Women may soon have another option for a less invasive method of getting the same information found in an amnio or chorionic villi sampling. Read more in A New … Continue reading

The Pregnancy Blog Week in Review May 1-May 6

Another week has come and gone. The time flies when you are busy growing a healthy baby. Sit back, relax and catch up on The Pregnancy Blog. There’s a lot of great information here about pregnancy, fertility, birth and the post partum period. Forgetfulness is a common issue in pregnancy. Read about it in I’m Pregnant: Why Can’t I Remember Anything? There are some things you can do to deal with forgetfulness during your pregnancy. Becoming a parent changes every aspect of your life. These changes begin in pregnancy and continue for the rest of your life. Read about the … Continue reading

Forget It

They say pregnancy brain (a.k.a. momnesia)–a condition of short-term memory loss that occurs while you are growing another human being in your womb–ends once the baby arrives. So, why is it that I am still suffering from momnesia eight years after giving birth? It’s gotten to the point that if I don’t write something down, it doesn’t exist. This includes, but is not limited to special events, appointments, items to purchase at the store, and lately, where I put my keys. I am not getting any younger and my life is crammed with parenting, working, volunteering, running a household and … Continue reading

A Day In The Life Of A Pregnant Woman

1am – Wake up, search for the body pillow that fell to the floor. Spend five minutes getting comfortable. Drift back to sleep. 1:06am – Your eyes fly open. You run to the bathroom. 2:30am – Wake up to carefully roll over and adjust the pillow between your knees. 6:15am – You realize you cannot lay in bed another minute because your back is aching. Even if your back didn’t hurt, your bladder is about to explode. 6:30am – While reaching for the bag of coffee beans, you remember you kicked the caffeine habit and begrudgingly reach for the apple … Continue reading

I Don’t Believe “Baby Brain” Was All In My Head

A research study conducted at the Australian National University claims that “baby brain,” or forgetfulness attributed to pregnancy, is all in a woman’s head. I know what you’re thinking, because I’m thinking it, too. They are nuts!! Clearly none of the researchers have ever been pregnant. I think I’ve told you this story before, but I’ll recount it again for those of you who missed it the first time. In my first trimester I drove to the library to check out a few books about childbirth and pregnancy. This particular branch of the library was a block or two away … Continue reading

I’m Pregnant: Why Can’t I Remember Anything?

Forgetfulness is a common problem in pregnancy. Short term memory difficulties are most common in the first and third trimesters of pregnancy. For a first time mother, this can be concerning. You may feel like you can’t concentrate or remember simple things, like what you needed at the store. Don’t worry, it’s totally normal. Experts really aren’t sure what causes forgetfulness. Studies don’t offer much help. Some show memory differences between women who are expecting and those who are not. Other studies show no real difference in memory or cognitive ability. This inconsistency makes it even more confusing. One theory … Continue reading

Let’s Talk About “Pregnesia”

Since you’ve been pregnant, have you found yourself doing silly forgetful things that you wouldn’t normally do? How about leaving your keys in the doorknob, or misspelling simple words and getting frustrated about it? If this sounds like you, take a deep breath. You may be suffering from Pregnesia! This may be a term that is new to you. Pregnesia has been coined as the word to describe the forgetfulness often experienced by pregnant women. Also known as “preggie brain” or “preggo mishaps”, symptoms may include ditzyness, discombobulation, and acts of random clumsiness. There may be a link between fatty … Continue reading