I'm sure you've heard many pregnant women who claimed to have a pregnancy brain after a forgetful moment. I've always thought it was a joke, until it happened to me.
If you would like to know why it happens, apparently it's due to the subtle mental changes that occur as your hormones change during pregnancy. Some have said that the pregnancy brain or 'forgetfulness' is because you're too stressed, or too tired, or too distracted with getting ready for the new baby.
For me, what usually happened was that I would lose my train of thoughts in the midst of talking, and forgetting what I was talking about in the first place! I would get weird faces looking back at me when I start to talk about something and continue the conversation with a topic that is entirely different!
Sometimes I would notice it at an instant and apologise for having a pregnancy brain (thank goodness for this excuse) and other times it would take me going home and only remembering I didn't properly answer what my friend had asked me initially! (I might have started to answer it and then not? I don't remember)
Another thing that has happened to me once during my pregnancy was going to the mall and forgetting why I went there in the first place. I ended up shopping for baby clothes and hair accessories when really, I needed to head to the grocery store to stock up on our weekly groceries!
Here are some tips on what you can do about it if you start noticing yourself having a pregnancy brain:
1. Try to just laugh it off. There's no need to be too hard on yourself. Stressing about it will only affect your pregnancy brain even more.
2. If you need to remember something, like groceries or things to do, leave a big sticky note by the door to remind yourself.
3. Make do of technology and rely on calendar reminders on your phone to keep you organized.
4. Remember that this is only temporary. You will have a strong memory again after delivery, long before you start having your 'senior moments'!