You know the feeling when you send an email and write “please see attached” and then you forget to include the attachment? That’s what pregnancy brain feels like, except it’s all the time.
Pregnancy brain begins in early pregnancy, and I’m told it never goes away, transitioning into “mommy brain” once the baby arrives, lasting into eternity. Scientific researchers tend to disagree on whether or not pregnancy brain is actually “a thing,” but I can tell you that something has happened to my brain during the last six months.
For me, pregnancy brain manifests itself in many ways:
- Amnesia. Example: My husband and I drove by a new commercial development the other day, and I remarked that it looked nice and I would like to try the new restaurant there. He seemed a little annoyed when he said “I’ve been talking about that restaurant for two months, and you never seem interested in going there.” I have absolutely no recollection of him ever mentioning it. At all.
- Absentmindedness. This is how pregnancy brain typically plays out for me at my job: I forget to send an important email at some time during the week, and then remember all about it while lying in bed Saturday night. I fall asleep and forget about it again until the following Tuesday when someone asks me about the subject of the email, at which time I don’t even remember what the email was supposed to say. Star employee, right here.
- Basic cooking skills. I’m no Iron Chef, but I usually know my way around the kitchen. One day a couple of months ago I realized that I had forgotten to take out chicken for dinner. I had the brilliant idea to put frozen chicken into the crock-pot at 5:30 p.m., thinking that somehow it would defrost and cook in time to eat that night. When Dan questioned me about dinner, I was furious at him and told him it was under control. We probably had eggs that night, but I don’t remember (see amnesia).
- Driving laws. This is not to say I’m a bad driver while pregnant—maybe I will use the term “preoccupied.” Sitting at a red light waiting to turn right, when the law states that you can turn right on red, happens. Driving 10mph under the speed limit because I’m trying not to throw up, happens. Crying while listening to a Mariah Carey song in traffic, happens. (That’s not illegal, is it?)
- “Was That Today?” Syndrome. The brain has a funny way of remembering important details at the last possible second. I could be highly organized, scheduling appointments to interview pediatricians, thinking I’m sooo ahead of the curve, then the next thing I know it’s ten minutes before the appointment and I suddenly recall the appointment time. Does this happen to anyone else?
I’m sure there are more things to add to this list, but I really can’t think of any right now. What do you have to add to the list?