Have you ever seen a pregnant woman do something nutty or completely forget something and then blame it on “ pregnancy brain ”? Well, before I became pregnant I remember seeing this happen. Part of me was like that’s just an excuse, or oh she’s using pregnancy as some kind of crutch. Well, let me tell you! I was wrong. Pregnancy brain is 100% real.
Around week 11/12, I started noticing little things. One morning, I could not find my glasses! ( I wear them almost daily) You may be thinking okay, that’s not such a big deal… well I spent about 20 minutes looking all over the house for them. Which is tough when you’re blind. Then, I found them… in their case on my bedside table! Wowza…
A few days later, I was about to walk out the door and was running a bit behind. I stopped as I was about to close the door behind me and realized I didn’t have my keys to lock up. I knew for a fact that I had just had them. So again, I searched everywhere. The keyhole on the door, the table beside the door, my purse, etc… then I looked down at my water bottle… OMG *lightbulb*. I walked over to the freezer where I had just been when I was putting ice in my water bottle and there were my keys. In the freezer lol.
Okay, last example. Just a few days ago, I was getting ready to do our weekly shopping. We like to hit the farmers market and then get our other groceries from a local whole foods shop all on the same day.
Well, I had spent the morning working on a list a mile long. I had gone through our fridge, our pantry, everything. Writing down what we were out of, or almost out of. Everything. This took me about half an hour and I had a long detailed, organized list that I was proud of. I’m a list person, they make me happy. Haha. So then, we get halfway to the farmer’s market and my hubby asks what all I had on the list. I could not remember much, but I knew it was a long list. So, I reached into my bag to pull out my list and… It’s. Not. There! I looked and looked, searching my pockets, my bag, everything. Then, I remembered… I had strategically placed it on the kitchen table, right beside my FitBit so I would remember to grab it when I put my FitBit on. Well, my wrist was bare and the list was still in our kitchen. I thought I was going to cry. I know… sad.
Have any of you ever experienced anything like this? I really hope I’m not alone!!
Okay, so when I noticed these types of things happening more often to me, I did a little research.
In 2016, there was a study done that showed how some pregnant women had lost what they call “gray matter” in their brains during their pregnancy. This gray matter was specifically lost in the areas of the brain responsible for social reasoning, short-term memory, and the ability to see other people’s perspectives. These changes continued for these women for two years postpartum.
Now, every woman is different just as every pregnancy is different. These tests weren’t absolute with results. However, the tests did show that a woman’s brain goes through some pretty big changes during pregnancy. Which would explain any memory loss, confusion, selfishness, or inability to focus. I don’t know about you, but this “gray matter” stuff must have up and left the building for me. I’m only just now in my 2nd trimester, and apparently, it’s only going to get worse. They say, when this happens, it means the body is preparing the woman’s brain to be efficient and specialized for motherhood. That this change may help the woman bond with her baby and respond more efficiently to the baby’s needs. I hope this is true.
Have you experienced “pregnancy brain”? Do you have any stories about it? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
We’ve got to stick together and support one another. Motherhood is beautiful and every woman has their own journey. Share your story, and encourage other mamas or mamas to be to share theirs as well!
Lot’s Of Love,