Question: I’m in my 6th month of pregnancy. Recently, I seem to be dropping everything I try to pick up! What’s up with my sudden clumsiness?

Answer: Just like the extra inches in your midsection, becoming clumsier is just part of being pregnant. Similar to other pregnancy side effects, your temporary feeling of being “all-thumbs” is caused by your joints loosening and your body keeping hold of more water; both of these can make your grasp on things less secure. Also, the “scatterbrain syndrome” of pregnancy may be another reason for your sudden clumsiness. There isn’t much you can do to solve pregnancy-related clumsiness, other than a conscious effort to pick things up more carefully.