October 27, 2005

I Always Knew I Couldn't Think While Pregnant

She scanned the brains of women before and after they were pregnant and found the brain shrank during pregnancy.

This article (via Patricia) clearly explains my problem. It claims the shrinkage is reversed six months after delivery, but who knows what you really lose and never regain.


Oh, yeah! It's not JUST having the whole house thing going on and having learned that #2 is a boy- I also have PREGNANT BRAIN!! I have it badly enough that I forgot I could use it as an excuse. Thanks for reminding me! =] I feel much better about having done stupid things all week now.

Posted by: Lenise at October 27, 2005 01:16 PM

I totally understand that. My mom says that women don't get back to "normal" until 18 months after having a baby. Now THAT makes sense.

Funny, or not so, but a friend of my mom's recently had surgery to mend a hole in her brain. (ouch!) and the doctor said she might have a bad day the day after surgery. Well duh! Sure she would. Turns out they had to "snip" part of her brain. Which part, I wondered.

Heck, silly doctor to tell her that. I'd think any day after surgery would be difficult.

Posted by: melissa at October 27, 2005 06:12 PM

How it worked for me was that I got enough brain back as ballast for my skull before I started pulling my hair out ;-)

Posted by: Patricia at October 28, 2005 08:50 AM

For several years, I couldn't do more than LOOK at the pictures in magazines. Read a real book? Forget it.

I've heard about the brain scans/shrinkage before. But I've also read that pregnancy/motherhood increases intelligence. While there is a temporary brain shrinkage (and usually correlating memory/focus issues) the intelligence overall is raised, especially (not suprisingly) that which is related to creative problem solving and multitasking.

Wish I could find the article where I read that. . . Hmmmmm. . . Too brain dead to go look right now.

Posted by: TulipGirl at October 28, 2005 09:33 PM

I totally believe that! No doubt in my mind that my brain shrunk considerably with my son and even more with my daughter!

Posted by: JL Dropout at October 28, 2005 10:32 PM

I have to say, the title of this post was a real teaser :)

Must be my pregnancy brain jumping to conclusions again.

Posted by: Meredith at October 30, 2005 09:23 PM