Long before I was ever pregnant, I had heard about a phenomenon called pregnancy brain. The idea is that shifting hormone levels, combined with changing priorities and a lack of sleep can make a pregnant woman’s brain go haywire. These elements combine to make one forgetful, unfocused and foggy.
Around the time of my first pregnancy, research revealed that there are no substantial changes to a pregnant woman’s brain. Which lead scientists to declare that there is no such thing as pregnancy brain, but I am here to dispute that theory. Normally, I’m a reasonably intelligent person. I’m not saying that I’m a genius or anything, but in general I can add 2+2 and come up with the right answer, without using a calculator.
But today was just a series of examples of how pregnancy brain is a real thing. In no particular order, here is a list of stupid things I did today:
So there it is, I’m no genius, but I’m usually not this much of a bumbling boob. Here is what WebMD has to say about pregnancy brain:
Pregnancy does not change a woman’s brain even though some women don’t feel as sharp as usual when they’re pregnant.
Helen Christensen, PhD, of The Australian National University, says, “If you read pregnancy manuals and listen to pregnant mothers — yes, there is such a thing as pregnancy brain or momnesia. And there is also evidence from research showing deficits in memory.”
But, she adds, “the evidence from our study shows that the capacity of the brain is unaltered in pregnancy.”