Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Pregnancy Brain

For all those around me right now, I'm sorry.  I have "pregnancy brain."  I can not be held responsible for any airhead behavior I may exhibit at the current moment.  Today can only be attributed to "pregnancy induced brain fog."  Yes, it is a real thing.  In fact, my forgetfulness today was so bad that it led me to do some research.  Here's what I did:

1.  After going to the gym and picking up my decaf toddy at Extreme Bean, I headed to work.  Walking in the door, my hands felt unusually empty.  That's when I realized that the lunch and breakfast that I had packed the night before, was still sitting in my refrigerator at home.  It took me 2 hours to realize I had forgotten it.  Luckily, my sweet husband saved me and brought me my lunch at work.

2.  I walked into my daughter's preschool still wearing my school ID badge instead of the parent ID badge.  I realized my mistake when I tried to use it as a key card to open and the door and it wouldn't unlock.

3.  I lost a writing prompt packet that I dre graphic organizers on.  After searching my classroom, I still couldn't find it and had to make a new one to copy.

4.  I forgot my car keys in my daughter's classroom and had to go back.

5.  I put my daughters leotard on backwards.  I realized this when she walking out the door, saw that she had the neckline of a male gymnast with a little bow on her back.

6.  Camdyn asks, as we are walking to dance class, "Mommy, don't we need my ballet shoes?"  Yep, they were still in car.  Camdyn then told me how many things I had forgotten or messed up this afternoon.

Thus, you can see why I needed to do some research into pregnancy brain.  It is a real thing, caused by hormone changes.  My brain will go back to normal (well normal for me anyways) after delivery.  Also, this "brain fog" is linked specifically to spatial memory - where I set my car keys, where I put things, etc.  Researchers at the Bradford and Bradford institute for Health Research in England, suggest that the elevated hormone levels during pregnancy have a negative impact on the neurons in the brain responsible for spatial memory. 

For now, I'll just repeat to myself: "I'm not going crazy.  I'm not going crazy."

1 comment:

  1. Hehe, good luck!! I'm still experiencing foggy brain 5 months postpartum. I call it "mommy brain" though, now since I can't still call it pregnancy brain. Seriously, it feels significantly different than before I had the baby...maybe it's the breastfeeding hormones? Who knows.