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7-year-old stepdaughter: "The broom?"<br>
Me: "Yes. Thanks. I'm having a little trouble finding words."<br>
SD: "I know. What's that called again?"<br>
Me: "Aphasia."<br>
SD: "No, not the sciency word. That thing that has to do with your uterus and how the baby gets his nutrients."<br>
Me: "Um, the placenta?"<br>
SD: "Yeah. You have placenta brain."<br><br>
Thanks, kiddo.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> That's funny!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Kids Rock!
 

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Placenta brain: I've got that. I've lost the abillaty to spell. I used to be a sooper speller.
 

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I totally get it!<br><br>
I was walking through the house the other day and thought "I should get some water". Well, my glass that I had been using was in the living room, so I went in there to get it. The next thing I know I am standing in front of our fridge holding the remote (that I picked up from the living room) thinking "what was I supposed to be doing again"? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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OMG Totally!<br><br>
DS needed to be changed the other day so I got up from my chair, took three steps to the hallway and instead of going straight ahead into his room, i made a left turn into my room and stood there thinking "what did I come in here for?"<br><br>
And my inability to find the right word is WAY worse then usual. I'm use to being a bit absent-minded when I'm trying to multi-task. But now just doing one thing at a time has me telling DH that "the sink is in the fridge".
 

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yes! The worst is that I know the word is missing as I start talking and then I laugh when I get to the word and it really is a blank. I'm sure people must think I have no clue what I am talking about. I used to warn people about placenta brain, but that doesn't make the situation any better in the moment does it?!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The next thing I know I am standing in front of our fridge holding the remote (that I picked up from the living room) thinking "what was I supposed to be doing again"? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"></div>
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So is that what it is? The nutrients that normally go to our brains are diverted to our placentas?
 

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I have never had placenta brain so bad as with this pg. The kids figured out that if they interrupted me while I was telling them something, especially if it was something I wanted them to do, I would get all sidetracked and forget. I finally got wise by some miracle. Absolutley NO multitasking ability whatsoever. The worst part is, I will get this feeling like I am forgetting something and try and try to remember, finally give up and then sometime later (an hour, the next day) it comes to me. Now what's with that?
 

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Hey Proto - how do you find working with law/legislation/regulations with placenta brain? I am not a lawyer but work with law/regs/leg and find that as long as I can sit and carefully think things through, I'm good. When I have to think fast on my feet, it just don't happen. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> Not so good. How do YOU get around it, as a lawyer?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hey Proto - how do you find working with law/legislation/regulations with placenta brain? I am not a lawyer but work with law/regs/leg and find that as long as I can sit and carefully think things through, I'm good. When I have to think fast on my feet, it just don't happen. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> Not so good. How do YOU get around it, as a lawyer?</div>
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Basically, what you say. I find I need to speak slowly (NOT my usual pace) and resort to circumlocution (which, hey, legalese is wordy anyway so people don't necessarily notice when I say "the message board that displays information outside Village Hall" as opposed to "the sign")/other delay tactics on occasion. My written language and reasoning skills haven't been affected, but when I have to say something orally--even something relatively well-rehearsed--it's cumbersome.<br><br>
I do find it particularly weird I can find words like "aphasia" and "circumlocution" without a problem, but "broom" trips me up.
 

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Hahahaha, I've experienced this too.<br><br>
But then I read that little tidbit in the latest Mothering magazine issue about how "pregnancy brain" is a myth, and not supported by research...now we can't blame our dull wits on it, darn!
 

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Maybe it's from the lack of sleep, or having our minds so full and tired from being used for other things (like preparations, etc). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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I phoned my MW the other day and couldn't remember her name! Her DH picked up the phone and I said "can I talk to Kelly?" (which is his name).. and had to quickly say "you're Kelly, sorry about that".. and he had to say the MWs name for me to remember! Man I felt dumb.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 
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