Today I had an 8:05 am baby appointment scheduled. Of course I totally spaced on it and thought it was tomorrow. It probably did not help that I had not one minute of sleep last night. There was no relief of the nausea and no way to get comfortable. On top of that my “Pregnancy Brain” has been terrible. If it is not written down and where I can see it, it just does not exist and it does not get done.
The doctor’s office was nice and squeezed me in this afternoon. Our appointment went well. The doctor suggested I try valerian root tea to help me sleep at night and no naps on days when I did not sleep the night before to reset myself. That is going to be tough! But, a normal sleep schedule is something that needs to be part of my life again. Most days feel like they are wasted because I sleep them away. I did lose 2 lbs since my last appointment. This is actually a good thing, they were glad to see that I have been able to be more active and there was no unnecessary weight loss. Soon I should get a call and find out when my “High Risk” ultrasound appointment is. I am thinking it will be in 3 to 4 weeks. Emma was at the appointment and heard the heart beat, she was very unimpressed. The doctor asked me “Why no smiles?” I was just watching Emma’s reaction I guess. Apparently this child is not impressed with the fact that I am growing a human. I am wondering once I really get back to being active if that will help too. Less than a week until I am back into a full workout schedule. This week I have just been testing the waters and working my way back into it. No need to be hasty and hurt myself or The Fetus.
Reasons for Pregnancy Brain
If you’re busy, or stressed, or short on sleep, it’s 100% normal to have memory lapses or be forgetful, Christenson says.
“When you are not getting enough sleep and are multitasking, nobody’s memory is good,” says Jane Martin, MD, director of the Neuropsychological Testing and Evaluation Center at New York’s Mount Sinai Medical Center. “You are not cognitively sharp when you haven’t slept well.”
Surging hormone levels and new priorities may explain why pregnancy brain happens.
“There are 15 to 40 times more progesterone and estrogen marinating the brain during pregnancy, and these hormones affect all kinds of neurons in the brain,” says Louann Brizendine, MD, director of the Women’s Mood and Hormone Clinic at the University of California, San Francisco.
“By the time the woman delivers, there are huge surges of oxytocin that cause the uterus to contract and the body to produce milk — and they also affect the brain circuits.”
Pregnancy also shuffles what gets your attention. Your IQ doesn’t change, but your priorities do.
“You only have so many shelves in your brain so the top three are filled with baby stuff,” Brizendine says.
Hormones may also affect spatial memory — which includes remembering where things are — in pregnant women and new moms, a recent British study shows.