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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Fetus to Mom and Dad: Chill Out. I Don't Want Your Drama!

“Take it easy.” I’m hearing it a lot these days.

I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that stress and pregnancy don’t mix. But, if you want a reminder about the potentially negative effects of emotional stress during pregnancy, read this.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

got pregnant mush brain? sleep it off, if you can.

Yesterday I coached clients, launched a new blog, wrote two blogs posts and announced to the world I'm with child at age 40. I was focused, and had a good night's rest! Today... not so much. Last night I couldn't fall asleep to save my life.  Now, I'm staring at my computer, trying to remember why I'm sitting here in the first place, plus I can hardly keep my eyes open. So, excuse me while I take a nap...

AND I'm back.

Kate Hudson made news yesterday by saying "pregnant mush brain" is like being stoned. I love her candor. I've been saying the same for 6 months - I've zero motivation, a serious case of the munchies, and all I want to do is play video games (if Words with Friends on my iPad counts).

My "momnesia" fog hit me by surprise this go 'round.  During my first pregnancy I felt sharp, energetic and worked full time as an editor, juggling deadlines, details and travel. Pregnancy brain was mere myth. But this time I've driven to the wrong airport, space out more often than I'd like to admit, and steal two naps a day if I can get it. But it's not so much that I'm forgetful as it is a total mental and physical exhaustion.

Is pregnancy brain for real? Though the question has been asked many times before, it's a hard problem to study. (If you're aware of a good study on pregnancy and cognition, let me know!). The bottom line based on small studies is that when pregnant women are put to task in the lab, their memory is mostly fine. There might be some minor lapses here or there in the third trimester, but no biggie.

Then what's going on if we can't entirely pin our changing hormones for messin' with our brains?  Well, there's no denying I need a TON more sleep while pregnant, but sleep is one of the harder things to do. I get up 2 times a night to pee, and my growing midsection makes sleeping far less comfortable than I need it to be to have a restful night's sleep. And if I don't sleep well at night, I can't sleep in to make up for it.  If it's not work getting me up in the morning, it's the 6-7am wake-up "Mom!" call. As my witty sister-in-law recently said, "The concept of sleep seems so easy until you try and put it into action."