Could extreme forgetfulness be related to hormones?

Christine - posted on 04/01/2012 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I have a 3 year old, 2 year old, and 4 month old. I am suddenly very forgetful... it's like "baby brain" but much worse. For example, the other night I couldn't figure out why our hot water didn't seem to be working. I waited and waited for the water to turn warm and even asked my husband to check and see if something was wrong. He asked me if I had the correct tap on and I answered that "of course" I did! After waiting some more for hot water, he popped his head in the bathroom and pointed out that I DIDN'T have the correct tap on! How does one forget which tap is hot and which is cold?! There are many other examples, like I said something to my husband but he didn't hear me so he asked me to repeat it. But in that short space of time, I completely forgot what I had said. And then this same thing has happened at least twice more. This also has started to become a problem at work. I'm a nurse, so that could be a very dangerous situation if I can't get a handle on this.



My question is, has anybody experienced anything similar? And could this be related to hormones still? I am exclusively breastfeeding and have had 3 children in less than 3 years. I am also having signs that I will be starting my period soon for the first time since having my son. I also started my period at the 4 month mark with my other 2 children, but do not remember forgetfulness as a symptom.



At first, my husband and I were laughing about this but now it is becoming worrisome and I'm not really sure what to do about it. Any advice or input is appreciated!

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Elfrieda - posted on 08/31/2012

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Is it sleep deprivation? Hormones I'm sure are part of it, but I noticed such a drastic change between the first 3 or four months of colicky and starving newborn to a baby that slept about 10 hours a night and took proper naps. It was like my brain had reappeared.



I had been walking into walls and falling over chairs, forgetting what to do at a red light, blanking on my cousins' names, and suddenly with enough sleep it was like a miracle, I was a totally different person, not irredeemably stupid or a menace to society after all! I'm pretty sure it was all about the sleep. Can you find a way to get more sleep? It would absolutely be worth it.

Christine - posted on 04/18/2012

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I am back to work, but I only work every other Friday and Saturday. It alternates between day shift and night shift, so that adds to the sleep deprivation when I do night shift! Things seem a little bit better at this point, but I still drive myself crazy sometimes :-) I'm also just trying to give myself a break and not worry so much when I can't get EVERYTHING done as quickly as I want to. And I'm making lots of lists :-)

Alison - posted on 04/16/2012

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Have you already returned to work? With all of these little ones, I am certain you must be at least a little bit sleep deprived. That is VERY hard on your brain. Couple that with the hormones and you get the mum dums!

You should be able to recover a lot of it (although I believe there is a part you will never get back).

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Krystall - posted on 11/02/2012

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That could partially be the reason but what about exhaustion? I was sleep deprived when I had my son, it took a while for that to get better but I'm still not back to normal yet haha.

Jassi - posted on 10/30/2012

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same thing happened with me ..my son going to 3 and my brain is still like mummy mind lol...well i think just try to change in ur diet like every single morning tried to have 5 almonds (thts better if u use almonds drops in ur milk just 5 or 6 drops). if u eat almond in morning make sure tht should be put in cold water..and in morning peel them and eat it with milk...that will be helping....second way Asian seed called khaskhas. lookwise very very tiny small white color seeds...same way dip in water and in morning grind with almond ....:)) just try ...make sure before use ..u r not allergic from any seeds or nuts...

Kelsea - posted on 08/31/2012

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I am 5 months pregnant. I have bad forgetfulness, If it get worse after the babys born i won't have no brain.

Leslie - posted on 04/20/2012

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take brainstrong, it is a memory pill. it works great for me. I hardly forget anything these days. It is worth every penny. it is 30 dollars, but it well worth it.

Christine - posted on 04/13/2012

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Little Miss Can't be Wrong - I laughed out loud when I read your first sentence! I still chuckle every time I re-read it :-)

Tenaj - posted on 04/13/2012

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I thought I was the only one!!! I have 2 children, almost 6 & 3. According to my husband, I've always had a bad memory, but as my children came there went my memory. It's really bad! And like you I get worried. I don't know if it's normal or not. My mom said my hormones may still be balancing. I breastfed both kids til they were 1.5 so it's been 1.5 years since we stopped nursing! I can't imagine that could be the cause.



I too would love to hear what someone's got to say about this issue.



Thanks for sharing!

Janice - posted on 04/07/2012

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I swear I have permanent baby brain. My daughter is 2.5 and my son is 4 months. I forget what I'm doing in the middle of what I'm doing all the time. Despite being a SAHM my house is often a mess because I never actually complete a task. It has been extremely frustrating for both me and my hubby. I'm not sure if its normal or what but I totally feel your pain. Even when trying to post here on COM it sometimes takes forever because I just cant keep my thoughts organized.



I just keep hoping it will get better.

Teresa - posted on 04/04/2012

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The first time we took our 2 month old son to the dr. was TWO days after he was born. When I went to sign him in I blanked. I didn't know who I was there for and then didn't know his birthdate. Granted I'm usually there for my 8 year old so I just put it down to shock and confusion, but I have had to let ALOT slide because I just can't remember it all!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/04/2012

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Yes, I think I pushed my brain out of my vagina with my daughter. I used to have impeccable memory, and now I can barely remember what day it is! I am a stay at home mom, so sometimes I think that is a part of it. I am not challenging my brain with adult work....just lots of kids work...you know? Give yourself a bit of a break, you have a brand new baby. You probably are not getting any sleep, and have 3 children to take care of. If this continues check with your doctor, but just try getting a good night sleep.

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