Pregnancy Brain Is Real (And Permanent)


So typical. So me. The other day during a few free moments at work, I started writing by hand (*gasp* with a pen and paper) a post about my memory loss problems. Yes. You guessed it. I can’t find it now.

I called a friend at work and asked her to look where I stash papers while I work. There were a whole bunch of blank papers I had left there, but nothing written. I know I wrote that post. It was not my imagination. No. I can’t prove to you that I did. I think I put it down on paper. From what I remember it was really good and even a bit funny. That is if you call other people’s pathetic cognitive decline funny. It is not my fault. Honestly. Someone told me that with every pregnancy you lose brain cells and they don’t regenerate. I have five kids. Oh, yes, pregnancy brain is real (and permanent.) I’m lucky that on some days I can remember their names.

It started slowly. I was calling one kid and I used another kid’s name. Those were the good old days. Now I need to go through all my kids’ names (out loud) before I get to the right one. I feel like my parents. (Now my husband is gasping. Breathe hun, breathe.)

I walk from one room to another in the house and by the time I get to the other room I have forgotten why it is I went there. It is getting a bit scary. Especially since I am a nurse and work in the ER. I head to the medication room and have no recollection of what it is I came to get. The other day, the same day I wrote this post for the first time, I found myself at least 4 times putting wristbands on patients-twice. I need to focus.

Yesterday afternoon I had a rush of panic because I was not sure I had paid my electric bill. Most of my other bills are scheduled automatically, but for some twisted reason, I cancelled my automatic electric bill transfer. I called up the electric company and seems I had paid my bill. I had no recollection. Very worrying.

I guess that’s why I have a big calendar on my refrigerator that all appointments go on. If it is not on there, it doesn’t happen. Actually that is not true. Even if it on there, I sometimes forget what it is I needed to do as soon as I walk away from the calendar.

I am thinking I need to start gingko. But what are the odds I will remember to take it? Don’t bother leaving a message with me. I will remember it when it is no longer relevant. What I don’t understand is that my memory used to be great. I used to remember birthdays, anniversaries and all kind of other important information. You know, like if I have already put on deodorant or not. Yes, sadly that happens to me to. Some days I must smell really good because I have a funny feeling that there are days that I put on 2 or 3 applications. Hmmm, maybe the days people stay away from me are days that I forget to put it on at all. Should check that theory out. If I remember to.

But really, I am not to blame. It truly is my kids’ fault. They have lost me my brain cells. I do know why it is each pregnancy causes memory loss, because if we didn’t forget, we would never have more than 1 kid.

So the point is, memory loss is a good thing. At least that excuse makes me feel better, when I remember it.


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  1. Michelle says

    So glad to know I’m not the only one who can’t remember whether or not I applied deodorant. I’ve started carrying an extra in my purse for that very reason!

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  2. Erin says

    I hear you! I was at the grocery store today, list in hand, and I still questioned myself out loud several times about why I was going down certain aisles. And I’ve only had 2 kids. Maybe it isn’t safe to have a 3rd?

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  3. From Belgium says

    I once walked into the office of the Uber Big Honcho Director with some papers for him to sign. I stood stock still, couldn’t remember what I was doing in his office. I had to ask him what I was doing there, papers in hand.
    Luckily he has a sense of humor..

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  4. Mummy V says

    My memory has also gone to pieces. I thought I was an avid list maker before, but now seriously nothing would get done if it wasn’t on the list! The other day I had to pick up my car park pass for work, I needed to give in my car reg and work pass no. My mind was a blank!!!

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    • Susie @newdaynewlesson says

      I think the memory loss is our way of coping with too much stuff going on. In this day and age we are bombarded a lot more than people were 50 years ago. Internet, tv, radio, newspaper, overnight mail…billboards. Each kid with a gazillion different extracurricular activities.

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  5. Helen says

    Good to know I am not the only one who forgets those things. I’ve also started having to write things down, especially ideas for articles or blogs, or I will forget.

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