Pregnancy brain. Does it exist?
Some say yes emphatically. Some deny it fervently. I like how WhatToExpect.com puts it:
“Pregnancy-induced brain fog is a true (and truly frustrating) hallmark of pregnancy.”
WebMD though is quick to clarify that:
“Pregnancy does not change a woman’s brain even though some women don’t feel as sharp as usual when they’re pregnant.”
For those who have totally no clue what it means, this is basically it:
- the state of the brain which is more forgetful, less sharp, and more tired.
- usually only affects pregnant women
(source: Nat’s made-up dictionary)
Well, whether or not it is scientifically or philosophically or medically or whatever-ally proven, I can’t deny that I do have one.
Worse. You’d think that since it’s coined as “preggers brain”, it will all be back to normal once baby is born, right?
You then graduate to the “mama brain”. Which is pretty much the same, but it also means that this new brain of yours will stick with you from henceforth till forever more.
And now, I have both.
I guess I have many scenarios to prove it, but let me just share two of my recent ones.
It was shower time. I washed my hair with my shampoo, and then lathered it with conditioner. I proceeded to take the shower gel. But instead of washing my body, I washed my hair. With the shower gel. Never happened before.
I went for brunch with a friend, and I had my laptop with me. I put my laptop with my handbag on my chair, behind my back. When we were done, I took my bag, and somehow just completely not see my laptop. And we left.
Fortunately I realized my mistake when we were just a few steps out of the restaurant, and my friend kindly ran back to get my laptop for me.
So yea. I now have preggers and mama brain.
BUT. Disclaimer: this does not in any way render us less useful to the society. In fact, the UK Daily Mail said this syndrome makes us a better mother!
“Pregnant women DO suffer short-term memory loss, new research claims… but that’s so your brain can focus on the needs of your baby.
The suggestion is that women’s brains change during pregnancy so that they will be better able to concentrate on their newborn’s needs after the birth, with the result that they become less focused on other things, such as where the car keys might be.”
Mothers, we are so sacrificial. Let’s give ourselves a pat on the back.