Let’s face it, it’s a fact of pregnancy, some of us just get really dumb. I faced this during my pregnancy. The dreaded prego brain. It started with a few little things here and there like forgetting what I walked in the kitchen for. As my pregnancy progressed it just continued to get worse and worse. This really made working difficult. My boss told me that we had a meeting at nine.. and I actually responded with, “p.m.?” Yea.. our office hours are 8a.m.-5p.m.
I was getting so ridiculous. I would ask the most obvious questions. It didn’t help that I was newer to my job either..
The worst part about suffering from prego brain (other than also being a blonde) was that I actually knew I was being dumb. I just couldn’t help it. It was awful! I don’t think I have ever felt so trapped. I started to feel like I was making excuses at work because of it, which didn’t sit well with me. I was definitely unaware that this could happen to me while being pregnant.
The Signs That You May Be Suffering From Prego Brain
- You start to forget little things. You may find yourself in your bedroom and walking into the living room only to forget why you were going to the living room. Or you may be telling a story to a friend and forget what you were saying mid story.. Or even why you were telling the story in the first place.
- Loss of focus. When suffering from prego brain you may start to notice an increased inability to focus on anything. This leads to the next sign.
- You respond to questions with “what?” because of your new struggle of losing focus. Your friends, family, or coworkers may be asking you questions about the pregnancy, work, personal life, etc. and you may find you are increasingly asking “what?” in reply.
- You become clumsy. If you’re starting to bump into things more often or find mysterious bruises.. You may start to find yourself suffering from prego brain as well.
Fun Facts About Suffering From Prego Brain
Some of the best information I found on suffering from prego brain was from WebMD. They discuss the topic based on studies done and ensure that nothing in your brain is permanently altered. The most likely cause of “prego brain” is a lack of sleep or stress, which is understandable.
It can last after pregnancy. Again, though it may not be a permanent thing, it can still linger after delivery.
There is a theory that your cause of prego brain is brought on by evolution. Meaning, the things you’re forgetting are not important to caring for your child, therefore why do you need to remember them? Your brain just shoves those thoughts out to make way for what you DO need to know. Like how to swaddle.
What You Can Do If You Are Suffering From Prego Brain
Have you found that your suffering from prego brain is starting to negatively impact your life? Here are a few tips on how you can cope with it during your pregnancy and after delivery.
- Bullet Journal. You can start a bullet journal to help you organize all of your thoughts and keep everything straight. It’s also a fun way to be creative and have some “you” time.
- Make Lists. If you don’t want to spend the time to bullet journal, the next best thing is to make lists. As soon as you think of something that needs to be done or something that needs to be purchased, write it down.
- Repeat things. Afraid you’re going to forget something? Repeat it to yourself a few times. Though not as effective as list making, it can still work in a pinch.
If you are one of the many soon to be moms (or veteran mom returning to diaper duty), don’t fret! It isn’t permanent. As always, remember, you’re not alone!