I am so tired of feeling so stupid! With my first daughter, I had pregnancy brain. I'd forget things here and there, blank out for a little bit. Nothing serious. Now, I am pregnant with my second daughter, and this is just ridiculous. We went camping for a week 8 hours from home, and I packed so poorly and forgot so many things, we basically had to buy EVERYTHING. Constant trips to the store for things I forgot to bring (Husband was working 12 hour shifts the week before, so packing was up to me). Now we are on a business trip for my husband, and I forgot the supplies to roll his cigarettes (saves us a ton of money) and the bag with all of our toilettries. So I have to go to the store and buy everything that we already have but I forgot.
At first my husband was really understanding, but his patience is pretty much out. I'm fed up with myself, so not like I can blame him. It's to the point now where I just cry in defeat, because I feel like there's nothing I can do about it. I make lists to help me remember, but I still forget and it's always important things. I have things scheduled for a day and they never cross my mind until the evening when I sit down on the couch and think, SHIT! I forgot to cash that check! I forgot my Doctor's appointment, I forgot to go to the grocery so we have no milk for morning. Ranging from small, not a big deal things, to bigger, that was really stupid of me, things. My husband is not being mean, but he's frustrated and with my extra hormones, that makes me feel belittled and get angry, and then it just starts a pointless argument.
Has anyone else suffered from pregnancy brain? What can I do to help myself? I'm not like this when not pregnant. I'm put together, organized, on top of everything. I just feel like a complete IDIOT now!
Blue painters tape is my best friend. I put tape on the door and write on it little remainders like: "Milk" or "Clothes" so I am reminded of those things as I walk out the door. The good thing is that it comes off easily without pulling the paint off or leaving a mark. I've also started marking the left-over containers so I know when I made the stuff inside them. I can't even begin to try to remember when I made that mac & cheese or that broccoli.
Do you have a smartphone? I put all of my appointments on my iPhone calendar, and then set reminders that pop up anywhere from 2 days before to 5 minutes before. I'll also put errands and other tasks (like watering the plants) on the calendar and set the reminders. It's great for remembering people's birthdays too!
I think the other ladies had great ideas. My youngest is 16 months old and I STILL feel like I have pregnancy brain...
I was extremely forgetful AND clumsy while I was pregnant. I can't tell you how many times I almost tripped myself. I think it's b/c we are thinking of all the things to come (new baby, new routine, new household dynamic, etc.) that we just get frazzled. Mine lasted even after the 2nd pregnancy... I locked myself out of the house almost daily (thankfully our neighbor is the landlord, but it was sooo embarassing how many times I had to go over there for the key). The best advice I can give is take one day at a time... it will help keep your mind clear. Also, my Grandma use to keep notes on the straps of her purse (she would tape or staple them around the straps, like a round link) and would take them off one at a time as she got each thing done... she always remembered everything thanks to that.
Jen said it. my son is almost 8 months and i feel like i still have pregnany brain. it get annoying but i do have to write stuff down or set my phone to remind me for stuff. i guess if your really worried about it talk to your doc. it could be a hormone thing.
I am a teacher, and my students definitely noticed that I had pregnancy brain when I was pregnant. I would repeat things I had told them already, misplace items, etc. One girl repeatedly asked me, "What is that baby doing to you? Is she sucking your brains out or something?" (nice.) I think this is just normal.