Baby brain is real. Just ask any pregnant woman. Or look at our shoebox in the store full of sunglasses, water bottles and even a few car keys! (Because if you're smart you'll keep an extra set somewhere once you're pregnant!)
Yesterday one of the women in the shop told me that there had a been a NYT article stating that pregnant brain was proven to be not real. We did a search and couldn't find it.
We did find a NYT article from December 2016 titled "Pregnancy Changes the Brain in Ways that may Help Mothering" In this article it states that pregnancy brain actually extends into the toddler years, and "the more pronounced the brain changes, the higher mothers scored on a score of emotional attachment to their babies".
So, to that pregnant mom of a toddler who was in the other day, the one who was calling AAA and said to me "I hope that they send a different guy than they sent 2 hours ago- the first time I locked my keys in the car!", and to that mom who was 20 weeks pregnant with her first and said that she lived 10 minutes away but it had taken her an hour to get here because she had to go back into the house 4 times and had still failed to bring the box for UPS, it's all good.
So, is it real? For today? Yes! Most importantly, don't stress, don't fight it. If you forget something, you forgot it. Forgive and move on. What can you do about it? Beat yourself up? Yeah. Let's just say it's real shall we? We've asked a few experts-moms, and, 10 out of 10 have experienced the symptoms. That's real enough for us.