Week 17 of Pregnancy: Dealing with Mommy Brain

String on FingerI have mommy brain big time! I keep asking my husband, “Where has my mind gone? I want my old brain back. Will I ever be the same again?” Pregnancy is really taking a toll on my cognitive abilities. Forgetfulness during pregnancy is hitting me hard. I can barely remember what I did five minutes ago. Just the other day at work, I kept checking the clock because I was afraid I was going to be late for class. However, as soon as I would check, I would forget what time it was and have to check again. Pregnancy brain is killing me. I just want my mind back!

As someone who prides herself on her ability to multitask and to remember a lot of information at once, the forgetfulness during pregnancy caused by the infamous mommy brain is driving me absolutely crazy. The other day while I was at work, I called my husband, freaking out about some checks that I thought I had lost. I could not for the life of me remember if I had ever deposited the money into my checking account or not. Pregnancy brain had struck again!

I am having a particularly difficult time dealing with the forgetfulness of mommy brain because of all the things that I absolutely must remember at the moment. Because I am taking a rather intense four week class this summer (my very last graduate class, woohoo!), I have to save some of my memory for the information I learn. If I am not able to retain what I am learning about the structure of the English language and linguistics in general because of my pregnancy brain, I will fail the final exam and the big language project and be forced to take the class again this fall. I absolutely refuse to allow my mommy brain to mess with my December 2011 graduate date.

My husband keeps assuring me that, after the baby is born, my pregnancy brain will ease up a bit. Of course, I will probably continue to lose my cognitive abilities as sleep deprivation sets in. And, then, when we try to the second, third, and fourth babies, my pregnancy brain is just going to get worse again, but, by then, I will be less worried about forgetfulness during pregnancy. Mommy brain can hit me as hard as it wants. After I am finished with my second master’s degree. Until then, please, oh, please, just let me remember where I am and what the heck I am supposed to be doing!

Originally written on July 24, 2011

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String on Finger: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mimiw/2673498413/

Heather Johnson

Heather Johnson is a mother, wife, writer, librarian, and linguist. She earned a BA in English studies with a minor in creative writing from Illinois State University in May 2007, an MS in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2009, and an MS in English studies with an emphasis in linguistics at Illinois State University in December 2011.

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