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Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me?: Mush Brain

Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me?: Mush Brain

I thought I was a "with–it" kind of girl before I got pregnant. I used to be on time, scheduled and for the most part, organized. Then it happened — I got pregnant and I got mush brain. I heard people allude to memory loss but thought it was a myth and that I would be immune to it. I was wrong — so very wrong.

Being "with child" for me translated into "without brain". I couldn't remember lunch dates that I had confirmed or even the question someone asked me two seconds previous. I was invited to parties and responded, then claimed to have hurt feelings because I was left off the party list. Thank goodness my friends took notice and had pity on me rather than getting mad at me for being so forgetful and rude.

My mom and I were having dinner one night when I was about seven months pregnant and took a break from our conversation to take a bite of our meals. Not two minutes passed before we both looked at each other dumbfounded by what we had just been talking about. I am afraid of what will happen with pregnancy number two. Will I get more flighty with each pregnancy? It's at times like this when I really start to understand my mother.

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peepshow peepshow 8 years
I asked a woman how old her son was when he was born. Makes TONS of sense, doesn't it?
macgirl macgirl 8 years
Mel475- that is EXACTLY the kind of pregnancy brain I have this time. At times it really scares me. I feel like such an idiot ;-)
Mel475 Mel475 8 years
I can totally relate! My son is 2 years old now and my husband still asks me when my "pregnancy brain" is going away. The best was when I was about 7 months pregnant and I couldn't remember the word "airport"...in the middle of the story! I had to stop and ask my husband, "What do you call the place where the planes land and take off...you know, with the hangers and the terminals...you know where I mean?" I have never seen such a look of disbelief on someone's face before. So very very sad...:-)
Masqueraded_Angel Masqueraded_Angel 8 years
Ok, seriously? I am THE most forgetful person after I had my son. Working as a receptionist, I'll get off of the phone with someone and immediately forget who I was talking to. So embarassing! Thankfully, I still hang onto my threads of dignity by keeping things together at home. :)
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 8 years
There is actually a study that says a woman's brain shrinks 3-5% during pregnancy, but returns to its normal size after about 6 months post pardum. My guess is that mothers probably never feel like they get their memories back because we have so much more to worry about. I know when I am at work and undistracted I have it back, but at home I am completely dizzy and forgetful. Like information overload.
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 8 years
There is actually a study that says a woman's brain shrinks 3-5% during pregnancy, but returns to its normal size after about 6 months post pardum. My guess is that mothers probably never feel like they get their memories back because we have so much more to worry about. I know when I am at work and undistracted I have it back, but at home I am completely dizzy and forgetful. Like information overload.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
Being pregnant must be such a good excuse to have mush brain sometimes! Not that I want my brain to be turned off all the time!
macgirl macgirl 8 years
I lost my "sharp as a tack" memory the first time around, but it mostly came back. This time it's more of a forgetful thing. My favorite is when I use the wrong words. I'll tell my son "I'm hungry can you please go get mommy a book". Then he'll look at me like I'm nuts and I'll realize I didn't say "banana" ;-)
Megatron Megatron 8 years
I have a friend who gave birth to her first about a month ago now. She warned me about this. My personal fave is how she got lost coming home from work one day.
erthed erthed 8 years
I've had 3 kids and it's gotten worse with each pregnancy. And for me...it never goes away. This is part of why I feel like pregnancy ages us so much!
thatgirljj thatgirljj 8 years
Babies are zombies. They eat brains. :-)
isabelle315 isabelle315 8 years
I am so very afraid of this... I am around two months pregnant and I'm in my first year of law school. So far I've only been a little bit scatterbrained, but I'm dreading it getting worse!! Exams will be hard enough without my brain turning to mush. And what's worse - no caffeine (or at least limited intake) to help!!
Greggie Greggie 8 years
This didn't happen with my first two, but this time around I am completely hopeless on any kind of details. And just on general attention span as well. My personal favorite was when my office phone rang and I immediately said "This is Greggie," only to realize I'd never picked up the phone.
schnappycat schnappycat 8 years
I totally have some of that, too. Not too bad, but I do find myself forgetting simple nouns and verbs like a moron. And the other day I put the carrots in the kitchen drawer instead of the fridge. I've been making tons of lists so I don't forget anything and that helps. I just generally feel I'm working about maybe 70% capacity on a good day. Oops!
vinnie vinnie 8 years
OMG! I've got it too! I'm 5 mos pregnant, just got a promotion at work, now I feel like "What was I doing again?" all the time!
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