Since I've become pregnant, I've discovered my IQ is rapidly sliding towards the zero end. In fact, I'm quite sure it's gone past zero by now. I take a long time to process simple instructions like "Don't mix up peanut butter and jam on my bread." If I go grocery shopping, I must take a list with me or I'll be standing in the supermarket aisle thinking, "Now what else do I need?" Fellow mummies and mummies2b have told me I'm not alone, most of them have found their previously Nobel Prize-level brains going as well.
This phenomenon is fairly common and you can read more about it here if you like. Having said that, when Dear Hubby misplaces his socks/keys/passport/wallet, he still yells for me, "Babe... have you seen my (insert name of missing item)?" and 9 times out of 10, I am able to remember where it was last seen. I'm still the one who keeps track of when to pay what bills and I was the one who organised all the paperwork for the baby's citizenship and passport applications. The article says it's mostly short-term memory that's affected, maybe that's why I can still function well enough on other levels.
Dear Hubby said one day, "Well... if your brain cells are going to the baby, at least we'll have a smart kid and maybe he can win a scholarship to University and we won't have to worry so much about finances for his education." There was a pause before it suddenly struck him, "It's either that... or we'll have the smartest placenta in the world! Oh no!!!"