If you've experienced pregnancy, or known someone who has, you've probably heard jokes about pregnancy making people forgetful, absent-minded, and possibly even less intelligent. Turns out, there's some truth to those quips, because pregnancy brain is totally real. Sure, it's kind of the worst, but thankfully there are things you can totally blame pregnancy brain for that at least give you an "out." Kind of.
The good news? Pregnancy doesn't actually kill brain cells. When you're growing a human being inside your body, you're still brilliant, even if you can't think of that word on the tip of your tongue or remember your partner's name. Even the time you accidentally put your purse in the fridge doesn't negate your overall IQ, I promise. Unfortunately, after your baby is born, pregnancy brain will give way to mommy brain, and you may be stuck with a horrible memory and short attention span for good. Well, at least until your kids leave for college. I'm assuming.
Not that you can or should always get off the hook easily for forgetting important events, falling asleep mid-conversation, or not being able to find your car in the parking lot, but pregnancy brain isn't just some half-assed excuse. Whether it's hormones, physiological changes, or actually an evolutionary trait that helps prepare us to be awesome moms; pregnancy changes the way we think, feel, and, at times, even our ability to function.
So, when you can't remember your mom's name or the PIN number you've had since always, know that it's not your fault. You are growing a human, and that's a big freakin' deal. So, with that in mind, here are ten things you should totally not feel guilty about blaming pregnancy brain for.