I've often heard women talk about having "pregnancy brain" or "placenta brain"--those momentary (or lengthy) bouts of forgetfulness or absentmindedness due, supposedly, to being pregnant. Just tonight, in fact, I was asking an acquaintance of mine to remind me to pick her up for a playgroup tomorrow, if I didn't show up on time. "I have a pretty bad memory," I said.
"Oh, especially right now," another friend of mine said knowingly, meaning because I was pregnant.
"No, not because of being pregnant--just because I have a bad memory for appointments!" I said.
Both women were very surprised to hear that I'd never experienced pregnancy-induced forgetfulness. Never anything of the sort. My brain functions just as well when I'm pregnant as when I'm not. But I've heard so many women talk about placenta brain and pregnancy brain...and I'm wondering: is there any sort of information on this phenomenon, besides anecdotal experiences? Does pregnancy brain really exist, or is it just a convenience excuse for normal memory lapses that happen to occur during pregnancy?