You’ve probably heard the theories on “pregnancy brain”, which is also referred to as “baby brain”. Whatever it’s called, I’m assuming it’s what’s happening when I find my salt shakers and honey bear in the fridge, or when I’ve left the broccoli I was steaming for supper on Monday sitting in the microwave until Wednesday.
Our good friends at Web MD say: “There is 15 to 40 times more progesterone and estrogen marinating the brain during pregnancy,” Louann Brizendine, MD, director of the Women’s Mood and Hormone Clinic at the University of California, San Francisco, says. “And these hormones affect all kinds of neurons in the brain.” The Mayo Clinic goes on to state that: “Some studies have shown that pregnancy impairs a woman’s memory during pregnancy and shortly afterward, possibly due to hormonal changes, sleep deprivation or the stress of coping with a major life change. Other research has shown that pregnancy and motherhood have no negative cognitive impacts.”
Apparently the jury is both in and out on “pregnancy brain.” But in my estimation, there’s no mistaking it.
So back in March, at weeks 21 and 22 I was full steam ahead at work. Hazelden’s spring board meeting was again scheduled in Naples, Florida, and I was not about to argue. MinneSNOWta was starting to get to me. To make things even better, my best friends from college, Juliette and Sarah, decided to join me for the trip. (And Kari, we are still sad you couldn’t come.)
But here was the reality. I have never double checked so much of my work as many times as I did for this event. I’m sure my co-workers thought I was batty, staring at the same screens hour after hour, pouring over emails line by line, matching itineraries, firming up the agenda. I knew it had to be done. Pregnant brain was in full force, but I still had a job to take care of.
Luckily, all went well. I guess I could accuse someone in the catering department of their own case of pregnant brain, since they simply forgot to bring a few of the items I ordered for a dinner reception, but what can you do. Pregnant brain happens, and the best thing I’ve learned to do is know when to take a little leeway. If something is really important, double check the heck out of it. And if it’s not, just remember to laugh when you find you’ve packed twelve tank tops and 1 pair of pants in your vacation luggage.