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Q&A: Is pregnancy brain real?

Is so-called “pregnancy brain” a myth?

Re: Is so-called “pregnancy brain” a myth?

The Bump Expert

Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it), there’s no scientific research that proves you get flakey during pregnancy. But even if “pregnancy brain” is just a myth, there are still tons of women who complain of feeling more forgetful or spaced out during their pregnancy. If you’re experiencing memory lapses or periods of forgetfulness, chances are your fellow moms-to-be can relate. So what’s to blame? Hormonal changes, lack of sleep, and/or the distractions of spending a lot of time thinking (and stressing) about a new baby are the likely causes. Save your sanity by writing things down and making lists, along with snacking regularly and getting lots of rest. Also, be sure to take your prenatal vitamins -- they contain ingredients that help boost mental sharpness. Don’t worry, it’s annoying, but it isn’t fatal or permanent.

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Jenna Joyce

re: Q: Forgetfulness during pregnancy?

I'm so glad that this isn't something I just made up! I've done so many stupid things since I got pregnant- stopping at GREEN lights for like 5 minutes and then realizing... GO!....Anyone else having these problems or am I going to just chalk it up to the fact that I'm blonde AND pregnant!?!?

NKTSmiles |

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I'm definitely experiencing "mommy brain" as well. The other night my husband was trying to talk to me about a certain topic, and I had to tell him I had no idea what he was talking about. Then he told me that I was the one who had originally told him about it and he was trying to continue the conversation from a few days before! I couldn't remember at all! That's not the only time either...

jn&jn |

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I forget where I park my car and I forgot to go to a friend's baby party. I've NEVER done that.

poofy32 |

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I finally have an excuse for forgetting to call people back!

smarie1984 |

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Oh thank you so much! I needed to hear this!oxoxMommy Jung

Mrs.JungBaby |

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I have forgotten many things at work lately. I'm sure my boss thinks I'm an airhead even though he knows I'm pregnant! I just took over a new position here and I keep making mistakes and taking forever to get things done. But luckily he is VERY helpful and assures me that everything is fine and not to worry.

GirlyGirl514 |

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oh this is so real. I was going to Costco and I was just going in real quick and had my dog in the car. I even put down the windows for him and remembered everything for him. But as I was walking into Costco I went to double click the lock on the remote (to make sure nobody takes my puppy-lol) and I coudln't find my keys. So I went back and not only were they in the car, the car was running!

kjflowers |

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I too left my car running a few months back when I was 2 months prego... AND the doors were locked!!! DH has to come bail me out with an extra set of keys! I cried! :) It's funny NOW!

MrsCoach |

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I am so glad that this is "normal." I mean I am starting to get on the borderline of ridiculous here! I am sure my boss thinks I'm an idiot. I can't even keep my days straight!

Emma915 |

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I am sadly so happy that others are experiencing this too. I have "forgotten" grocieries at the store twice in the last month. I actually walked out of the store and left them. The second time, I couldn't even remember if they made them outside of the store or not. The second time, I got home, realized what I had done and was practically hysterical. I can't remember this being this bad before. Can't wait for my brain to return...

cmtaylor83316 |

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There actually is evidence that says that the increased blood flow puts pressure on your brain and is what causes this. It's totally real.

Vegas Grown |

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I just so happened to catch an episode of Oprah here a few months back and this was on of their questions. Actually, they had a doctor who said mommy brain is real! He said because babies use the mommy's omega three fats, it takes them away from the brain cells and temporarily shrinks them. A few months after pregnancy they tend to go back to their normal size. I'm not sure if this is true..but hey, it's Oprah! :)

BrittneyShae |

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i am so glad i'm not the only person who feels like that i thought i was going crazy

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OMG!!!! I have the WORST case of baby brain. I feel like I am dumb half the time. I love that I am not alone in my forgetfulness!!

operaapril |

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Ladies, sorry to burst the bubble but the forgetfulness lasts till about 2 months AFTER birth. I found that my forgetfulness was even worse after the baby was born... go figure =P

nelcen02 |

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Once I found out i was pregnant it explained a lot. It gets to the point now that I sometimes to forget to write down what I need to do or remember. It's INSANE!

ker0704 |

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LOL today, I got a massage in class (in Massage Therapy school), and my partner said, "OK, I'm going to have you start face-up." I got undressed and called her over and was like, "Did you say up or down?" It had been about a minute and a helf

buggerfly12 |

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Oh my! It's nice to know I am not alone! I can walk two stes to pick up something and completly forget what I was doing. I am surprised I remember my name sometimes! haha!

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im so happy to read this! the other day i drove all over town on my lunch break only to realize i had no idea where i was going or why i even left in the first place. i also have my desk phone number written down because a customer asked me for it and no numbers popped into my brain at all! im was completely clueless! i've given my number out hundreds of times! i hope i get my brain back after the baby is born!

misseshoneysett |

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This will make you feel better, I paid all of our bills twice last month. My husband is like Hunny I love you but we don't want to give them money we. He is like please stop.

ebhagat |

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I forgot to add meat to a sandwich for my lunch. So I am definitely experiencing that

Berjoh108 |

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My husband came home the other day and asked me to put a pizza he'd bought in the oven. I put it in alright...cardboard and all! 350 degrees for a half hour + cardboard = not recommended!!

LindsE143 |

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The other day I tried to open my car with my work badge instead of actual keys....

Mrs.Enfuse |

Q&A: Is pregnancy brain real?

OMG...I have this so bad! It slowly got worse as the weeks went on...I am now 13 weeks and so bad my work picked up on it because a few things slipped past me that normally wouldn't have. I also can't remember anything around the house. My husband and I hope my brain comes back after the baby is born.

JerseyGirl82 |

Q&A: Is pregnancy brain real?

I prefer to think of it as donating brain cells to have a smart baby. My hubby can vouch that I get terrible preggo brain!

meeshybee |

Q&A: Is pregnancy brain real?

I sat at the stop sign for a good min or two because I thought it was a stop light. woops. And I got into my car drove a mile down the road without my books I needed for school.

beautiffxfull |

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I was going to add to this thread but I forgot what I wanted to say ;)

honeykbee |

Q&A: Is pregnancy brain real?

The other day I was going to take the dog with me in the car to run some errands, which I do on a frequent basis. Ten minutes later my boyfriend calls to let me know that I didn't put the dog in the car and he's running around the neighborhood. I'm a mess!

Hambly |

Q&A: Is pregnancy brain real?

I have turned the wrong way out of my neighborhood just headed to work numerous times. It has been taking me a while to realize that I am headed in the opposite direction! I forget to call people back, I forget why I am calling people pretty much instantaneously, etc...I am soooo scatter brained (I call it the "pregnant stupids").

aprilandmatt08 |

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Went with my boss to pick up lunch about 2 mos pg. Thought the car next to me was left running & thought "how stupid!". While waiting, I went to get my keys & realized I didn't have them. My boss found them in MY still-running car. Now who's stupid? I forget to take the lists with me, if I even remembered to make one. I'm also slower & miss more stuff at work. I forgot to lock up my dogs when leaving for work one day. Got about a mile down the road before it dawned on me!

Ginger98 |

Q&A: Is pregnancy brain real?

I always have called it "Baby Alzheimer's". I was in the store with my husband yesterday and he was telling me an easier way to make something and I couldn't understand and instead of throwing a 3 year old type tantrum I started yelling at him. I felt so bad! But I was frustrated that I couldn't understand him.

BrieanaDavison |

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I totally have this. My husband just thinks it's an excuse, but I'm so forgetful and spaced out now. I'm only 10 weeks, but dang. I just can't think straight.

maydlec |

Q&A: Is pregnancy brain real?

My mind used to be a steel trap, but I can't leave the house now without forgetting at least 1 thing.

PikaPikaPikachu |

Q&A: Is pregnancy brain real?

Haha maybe it is completely unrelated, but since I have become pregnant I have the most vivid imagination, I do on a normal day, but it has become a million times more vivid in the last few weeks. That and I dream the most crazy dreams and I can remember them so well. Crazy things when your pregnant.

Spazkat1220 |

Q&A: Is pregnancy brain real?

Actually a woman's brain shrinks 8% during pregnancy, one of my weird fact books!

linkay |

Q&A: Is pregnancy brain real?

Scientific or not, since I got pregnant I amthe dumbest person I know!! I went to the gas station and forgot the gas, I drove past my own house, I forgot the name of my own bank just yesterday, I went to the store to get ingredients to make stuffed shells but forgot the shells, I completely LOST a brick of cream cheese, I still monthes laster have no idea where it is, I used it and then it was gone!! It was never even a wise tale that I had heard of before, I knew about the cravings, and the emotions (both f which I have only had on a couple occassions) but man o man, And I have been sleeping like a champ, so it's not from my lack of sleep, and I take the prenatals and stuff, but I just hope it all goes back to normal after the labor, but the outlook isnt so good, cuz my mom has never been able to complete a sentance since I can remember she's always been scatter brained lol

DezLMT |

Q&A: Is pregnancy brain real?

I am 14 weeks pregnant and this morning I had my first encounter with baby brain. I normally get up at 6:30am to go to work but I was tossing and turning all night that at around 6am I thought I would just get up and slowly get ready. I took a long shower, got dressed, did my hair and makeup (had morning sickness in between). I went to my kitchen to get some breakfast when I noticed the clock on the stove said 5:55am. As it turns out, I woke up at 5am and got ready for work! needless to say i'm exhausted!

sher2011 |

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I have also been experiencing "mommy brain"... My excuse is that "My baby ate my brain"! :)

MelisaMarie123 |

Q&A: Is pregnancy brain real?

I have the same problem at work. I keep forgetting the most basic things, but only one person there knows I'm pregnant! So I feel like such an idiot when I forget to do stuff and I think people are starting to get mad about it. I'm fairly new at my job too so at least I can blame it on that, but I still feel so bad for forgetting everything!

Teenmom7 |

Q&A: Is pregnancy brain real?

So I'm not sure if pregnancy brain is what I went through yesterday. My period hasn't started yet, and its a lil past the time my period was supposed to start. I had the worst day yesterday. I kept forgetting things, like how to fill out a check, grabbing things, where I put papers, I ran a red light (never done that before, it was like I forgot my head! Even bumped the back of the truck into something at work. I have never done this before or felt like this before people! Its not normal at all for me. So IDK.

TabbyRose |

Q&A: Is pregnancy brain real?

Last week, I got out of the car and hit the remote door lock as I walked away. The thing made this long beep, and I thought, "What's its problem??" I walked back to see that I had left the door wide open! My husband got a kick out of that one. Then this morning, I was making an almond-butter-and-jelly sandwich, and I went to put the jelly and almond butter jars back in the refrigerator. I could find the jelly but not the almond butter. Turns out I had apparently put the almond butter in the sink when I put the knife in the sink. At least the sink wasn't full of dirty water!

mariposita1401 |

Q&A: Is pregnancy brain real?

I had a major melt down when I realized I forgot to go to my hypnobirthing class. I talked about it all day with my man and apparently he's suffering from pregnancy brain as well!

animccollum |

Q&A: Is pregnancy brain real?

I had a couple of friends who were pregnant at the same time as I was; a couple of months ahead of me. They had been talking about this "baby brain" thing and I could not relate because I had not experienced anything like that. It wasn't until I hit my 6-7th month that I realized, it could be happening to me. I was on my way to my prenatal appt, parked and went to get out of the car when I realized...I wasn't wearing any shoes, just my socks, lol. On top of that I have noticed I am becoming extremely clumpsy. It has amazed me how many things I have dropped and broke.

kacynmoon11 |

Q&A: Is pregnancy brain real?

I rode the bus halfway home from work before I remembered that I had driven that day. I thought that kind of stuff only happened on t.v.

keliy |

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glad there are more...i forget things that ive said just minutes before or what someone has told me. ive stopped at green lights as well, and dont remember anything i say. im so afraid that people think im being rude because i cant remember things theyve said. there also some instances where i forget people...but like family friends, or recently the receptionist that i see everytime i go to the dentist. i felt stupid when i asked where i knew her from because i knew..but didnt at the same time. anyways i cant wait to see my little one.

Graicelynn |

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Thank goodness for this. I thought i was going crazy and bringing my husband with me. I even forgot to shut the backyard gate the other day and our dog got out. My poor husband had to run down the street chasing her.

slbabja |

Q&A: Is pregnancy brain real?

lolol...All of these posts made m laugh...Im not sure if Im preggers or not but, I was thinking about this morning when I threw my old phone cover in the toilet instead of the trash and didn't realize it until I saw something shiny floating in the toilet..lol....Or I forget to flush the toilet alot. My hubby was talking to me about something and I just completly zoned out couldn't remember what he was talking about. He just said nevermind

kwait2beamommy |

Q&A: Is pregnancy brain real?

I never thought that I would experience pregnancy brain. I have a great memory and almost never forget a name, an appointment...ANYTHING. Then, the other day, I went to the grocery store to pick up a few things. I was on the phone, so I chose the self-checkout. I finished checking out my items, took my bags, and left the store. I went to my car and sat down to finish my phone conversation before driving. I looked over a minute later and a grocery store employee was knocking on my window. He asked me if he could see my receipt because someone saw me walk off without paying. I HAD FORGOTTEN TO PAY FOR MY GROCERIES!!! Thank goodness I didn't get arrested!

LiloneTK |

Q&A: Is pregnancy brain real?

I was at work yesterday, and as I was leaving I said to another girl, "Oh, are you just starting for the day?" She said, you've been talking to me for the last hour!

cmill674 |

Q&A: Is pregnancy brain real?

I'm starting to forget the silliest things, especially at work. It's not so funny though when customers get mad because you forgot their change, or to give them the bag they asked for because you're standing there like an idiot. It can be demoralizing at times forgetting things you normally wouldn't have. And forget lists! literally, even if you do write them down you'll never remember to bring it with you after. Even if you do, you can't find it because you thought it might be in your purse, but was placed in a jacket pocket.

lbysouth |

Q&A: Is pregnancy brain real?

It is real! I am on my second pregnancy and the first one I can say I was not near as forgetful as I am this time around. It would be great if this "symptom" would ease up on the working mommy!

Katherine83 |

Q&A: Is pregnancy brain real?

I'm about 15 weeks along and I didn't think I was really getting this symptom until this morning. Then again, maybe I just haven't been noticing it since I'm not working and my classes are online. Anyway, a few days ago I was sure we had about a quarter of a gallon of milk left in our current gallon, but I went to the fridge and it wasn't in there. I figured maybe my husband had finished it off that day and I opened up the next gallon. Now today I went to make myself some cereal, opened the cupboard where we keep it, and there was the milk! I guess the last time I had cereal I must have put the milk away with the cereal, haha.

Jaqq |

Q&A: Is pregnancy brain real?

I washed my cell phone and remote control in the washer machine this morning!! No worries the remote works... Cell phone does not!

Stylecandi13 |

Q&A: Is pregnancy brain real?

I'm not very far along, but already getting symptoms. I tried to put the cereal bag in the fridge this week. The weekend before I knew I was pregnant I made ginger cookies with ginger, ginger, and cinnamon... It should be ginger, cloves, and cinnamon. I also left out baking soda even though it was right in front of my on the counter. The tasted alright, but did not rise or fully cook. My hubby had to remake the cookies since he's an expert with this recipe. Then I left the box with his good batch open all night after dinner this week. They now snap which they shouldn't with how he makes them lol. It will be an interesting 9 months. lol

illian420 |

Q&A: Is pregnancy brain real?

I've had a few spacey momments (like forgeting how far along i actually am and leaving the TP in the store after buying it) Some psychologists (according to my human dev book) belive that it's a "reflex" that your body has to help keep you from getting to stressed out or anxious.

XoXBabydollXoX |

Q&A: Is pregnancy brain real?

My husband showed me that I put a tupperware away in the cubbard...that had food in it. Was that supposed to go in the fridge? Whoops!

jordan1821 |

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Today has definitely been a pregnancy brain day! I was on the phone with a friend and she asked me to send her an address when we hung up. Totally forgot!! Then I was shopping for shampoo, and walked out of the store with it in my arms, without paying!!! I felt SO bad, and ran back in, apologized and paid! I forgot several times if I had indeed locked my car doors, and each time I already had.

bkotz88 |

Q&A: Is pregnancy brain real?

Im a 6th grade teacher and my students know ¨baby brain´ is real. They have noticed all the changes, things like saying ¨Open your mouths,´ instead of ¨Open your books¨, and writing numbers the other way like a preschooler :P

alecitag |

Q&A: Is pregnancy brain real?

I am the manager for a retail store, and all my employees think I am making it up! I forget to schedule people for closing shifts, and forget complete conversations I have with them. It's actually making my job really difficult!

schiavonidix |

Q&A: Is pregnancy brain real?

I am right there with y'all - I have lost my set of keys with my house, car and work keys on it (still NEVER turned up even though I KNOW I lost them at work one Friday because I drove there, and lost them there, and then my husband had to come drive me home!), left the car running (luckily didn't lock the doors yet) and have become SO clumsy and dropped my phone twice and cracked the screen horribly. I also have forgotten many little things my husband has asked me to do (like pick him up one day when his car was being fixed! oops) and have needed to write a lot more down so I don't forget. My poor husband has started setting reminder alerts on my (broken and cracked out) phone!

jaime363 |

Q&A: Is pregnancy brain real?

Oh and I am a 6th grade teacher also - my kids have noticed it too! I totally relate with you alecitag - I have misspoken so many times, sometimes I can't even put words together!

jaime363 |

Q&A: Is pregnancy brain real?

This is so real. I can barely finish a sentence without spacing on the word I was looking for. Luckily my husband finds this very entertaining.

adrijoreeves |

Q&A: Is pregnancy brain real?

I usually pride myself in my excellent memory, my husband used to think I had some kind of photographic memory... but now at ten weeks I've become a total space cadet! My husband cracked a joke earlier today about a famous person dying... I laughed at the punch line... then later this evening looked it up to see if the person died, and pointed out to him that it didn't happen. I forgot it was a joke! He just stared at me for a while and then I remembered the punch line. Now i'm pretty scared to go work, apparently I've got selective memory!!

cj9279 |