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Pregnancy Brain

….that’s me.

yesterdays lunch/ variety: wheatberry salad, pear salad with greens and a small side of pasta salad with tomatoes

I am thankful that I haven’t had any outrageous cravings. I hear women that all of a sudden “NEED” Burger King or something else they never would have eaten, and that just never happened to me. Things I craved before I was pregnant still were there once in a while. However, luckily, lately I really, really, really crave fresh, raw, green and healthy food? Weird? Perhaps. Certain people assume I want my sweets and will bring me things. And yes, if it’s in my face I won’t let it go to waste πŸ˜‰ But overall, I am craving healthy food. Sunday night we ordered in…and I got TWO salads for my dinner. Who does that?? They were both smaller salads (actually one was big and one was small) and I wanted to have them both, couldn’t choose. So I got both. Michael said “If you weren’t pregnant people would think you were weird.”

I am thankful that this pregnancy has been pretty healthy (knock on wood). I am still working out regularly. Yesterday I got through a decent leg workout (2.5 miles on EFX, 3 sets of lungesΒ  & squats superset, then 3 sets ofΒ  abductor/adductor machine superset). My workouts are not nearly as intense as pre-pregnancy, but they shouldn’t be. I am doing something. Glad that I can, not everyone is able to at 33 weeks.

I am also thankful (I guess) that it’s taken until this point in my pregnancy to truly put on the pudge (elsewhere on my body). The baby is growing rapidly at this point (she’s gaining about 1/2 pound per week), the other 1/2 pound is going to Mommy’s thighs. It’s inevitable. On the one hand, I have been fantasizing about kicking my butt hard core post-baby. On the other hand, I am kind of enjoying the fact that I am “off the hook” with that. As long as I keep moving…the workouts are all about endurance and strength for labor right now, and for a healthy baby. Not my thighs. I know I am not eating too much too…so the weight gain is exactly what my body is needing. At least that’s what I tell myself πŸ˜‰

With all the things I have to be thankful for above…I guess I have to accept the fact that my brain just isn’t working like it used it.

Pregnancy Brain: Pregnancy-induced brain fog, a true (and truly frustrating) hallmark of pregnancy. You may forget appointments, what you just walked into the store for, where you left your purse, whether you turned off the stove (in my case my straight iron) β€” and maybe, your phone number.

WHY???

As usual in pregnancy, it’s just your pregnancy hormones having some fun, this time at the expense of your memory. And believe it or not, your brain-cell volume actually decreases during the third trimester of pregnancy. Supposedly, my brain will plump back up a few months after delivery???

Saturday morning, I go to make my oats. I add all my fillings (AB, Chia, Raisins, etc), and go to sit & eat it. I turn to Michael and say “Is it just me, or is this bowl of oatmeal HUGE?” He’s like, yea, and it looks really dry too. Hmmm…OHHH. I did 1 cup water and ONE WHOLE CUP of oats. It’s supposed to be 1 cup water and 1/2 cup oats. To quote you know who…”DUH!” I added a ton of almond milk and ate about half or 3/4 of it. But seriously.

Don’t trust me to try and remember something, anything. Especially if it’s a short-term memory. I will remember it next week at a random time when it’s irrelevant. Especially peoples names. I was bad with that before…now, it’s like…don’t even introduce me to someone new, unless they have a permanent name tag. Save me the embarrassment. I could forget my siblings names at this point.

My P Brain has made me feel truly less than inspired in the kitchen (is that a valid excuse?) I really want to start creating some healthy good recipes, especially for you all. But I just can’t get it together (although I may have one in the works).

I am usually a VERY detail oriented person. It cripples me. The one plus with my P Brain is that I don’t put SO much thought into over-thinking things (cutting the time I spend on one take down by a fraction, like blog posts).

My P Brain is so bad I can’t even think of all the goofy things I have done to list in this post. There’s been a lot. I’ll have to start writing them down as they happen.

Hopefully I can get it all together for tomorrows post. I would like to do My Pregnancy, Second Trimester. Silly me did not keep a detailed journal. Regretting it now.

On another note..the baby room is still coming along! A work in progress, but got a huge step done this week! My uncle, who is amazing by the way, put the french doors on her room (which used to be my den/computer room):

Before:

Don’t mind all the stuff still in there, Munchkin’s poopy box as well. We are finding a new place for that soon.

During:

widening the doorway

After:

Notice Munchkin saying:Β  “Hey, Let me out!” I told him I had to close the door for a sec to take a pic. He’s the one that chose to stay in there.

Ella’s Watch Dog Cat

“I hope you don’t think I want to stay in here all day, Mom” -M

We still need to do:


-Paint The Door

-Get curtains for the door

-Move the litter box and scrub/ sanitize the area

-Clean out my book shelf and re organize it

-Find a place for all the other random things that are still in that room

-Touch up the walls with paint where needed

-Get the crib

-Baby wall art? And/Or shelves

-Get lighting for the walls (have an appointment tonight with my brothers friend/electrician)


-Get an area rug?

-Have my baby shower and find a spot for all the stuff I get πŸ™‚

I’ll have the finished product forΒ  you as soon as it happens!

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What’s the last home project you did? Or planning to do?

Did you experience “P-Brain?”


I got it mildly before pregnancy every month (hormonal head I guess?)Β  Michael called it my “wacky time”Β  but never like this!Β  This is all the time “wacky-time!”


 

 

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34 Comments

  • Reply Angela (the diet book junkie)

    wow, i can’t even imagine how excited you must be. so glad you’re having a nice pregnancy, Laury! πŸ™‚

    home projects…holy, we have so many that need to get done. we have duct tape holding our dining room chairs together, i kid you not. and yes, i am experiencing P-brain only i have no excuse. :p

    March 9, 2011 at 5:50 am
  • Reply susan

    I always experience P brain and i’m not even pregnant! I love the French doors, they look wonderful. Can’t believe you’re 33 weeks, time is flying by isn’t it.

    March 9, 2011 at 6:02 am
    • Reply laury

      haha, I had P brain before I was pregnant too. Just not this bad, and not all the time!

      March 9, 2011 at 3:12 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    Looks like lots of progress going on over there!

    I always hear people talk about p brain…and it’s interesting to know the actual reason for it!

    Excited for you—what an amazing new chapter in life to bring a little person into the world πŸ™‚

    March 9, 2011 at 7:55 am
  • Reply Pure2raw twins

    Glad everything is going okay for you girl!! I experience brain fog, and mine is due to my candida I realized. Working on fixing that!

    And good luck with the house renovation.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:27 am
  • Reply Sophia @ Raven Waves

    P brain stinks! I’m not even pregnant and I think I get it every once in a while haha! Cool home-improvement project! Since I still live at home, my parents won’t let me touch anything haha. But I think I’m going to start making a scrapbook soon!

    March 9, 2011 at 9:00 am
  • Reply thehealthyapron

    Oh I’m so excited for this baby to come!!

    March 9, 2011 at 9:00 am
  • Reply Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

    Haha yes I regularly experience P Brain and I’m not even pregnant! (Nor am I blonde, but sometimes I have to wonder….) πŸ˜› Looks like the baby room is coming along really well!

    March 9, 2011 at 9:03 am
  • Reply Kristina @ Life as Kristina

    love your perspective in all your posts during your pregnancy! You’ve been rocking through this pregnancy-so lucky! I love that you’re craving greens, that’s awesome-i’m not pregnant and have ordered 2 salads (haha). W always says hes worried about what kind of wacked out cravings i’m going to have when I get pregnant!
    Keep being strong-you’re incredible…xoxo

    March 9, 2011 at 9:26 am
    • Reply laury

      I am sure I’ve had weird ones, but can’t even think of them!

      March 9, 2011 at 3:11 pm
  • Reply Julie

    Get used to P Brain. It actually is here to stay; it will just have a new name at about the end of April. It’s called M Brain (MOMMY Brain).

    Btw, I’m your sister, Julie, in case you forgot my name. πŸ™‚

    Luv u.

    xoxoxoxo

    March 9, 2011 at 10:23 am
    • Reply laury

      HAHAA. You’re so silly. Love you too sissy

      March 9, 2011 at 3:10 pm
  • Reply Kat

    I love your healthy outlook on all this. It is totally inspiring. I always think to myself when I read your blogs, “Kat, shes PREGNANT and she’s doing it. You can do it too!!” So thanks for making me think πŸ™‚

    March 9, 2011 at 10:25 am
    • Reply laury

      Aww thanks, Kat πŸ™‚

      March 9, 2011 at 3:09 pm
  • Reply Jennifer @ Evolving Well

    Laury, though I’ve yet to have any kids I must say that I’m incredibly impressed that you’ve been able to keep up with your business and blog on top of preparing for the baby. I think you’ve definitely got to cut yourself some slack…you’re doing awesome! And thanks for sharing my tele-class details with your tribe!

    March 9, 2011 at 11:13 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks Jen πŸ™‚

      Good luck with the tele class! I am sure it’s going to be amazing!

      March 9, 2011 at 3:09 pm
  • Reply BIOCHEMISTA

    I applaud you for being so healthy during your pregnancy. People seem to forget that your baby (and especially their brain!) is developing on what you feed it!

    I have no idea what I’ll be like when I’m pregnant but I plan to never deny a craving, just choose a natural version of whatever I’m craving. No need for the chemicals and preservatives!

    Have a great day,

    Laur

    March 9, 2011 at 11:53 am
    • Reply laury

      Oh yea, I def don’t deprive the cravings i get. Try and do the better version of whatever it is!

      March 9, 2011 at 3:11 pm
  • Reply Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete

    Laury you are hilarious — and it has been wonderful reading about your healthy pregnancy!!!

    We haven’t done too much remodeling, but when was younger and lived at home my parents had projects going all the time — they had a much older house though and it needed work. I like the double doors you put in and I can’t wait to see the baby room when you’re done!

    March 9, 2011 at 12:50 pm
  • Reply Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    From day to day, I’ve got the “P-brain.” The other day, I had to run in my regular bra because I forgot my sports one at home. Then, a week later, lost my gym combination lock. GAH. I know I’m overwhelmed lately, but these little mishaps just make things harder. I’d hate to see what pregnancy would do to me (example: putting freezer items in the pantry).

    Good job keeping up the activity. While you don’t need to worry about getting buff, I think movement is healthy.

    March 9, 2011 at 12:59 pm
  • Reply Jen

    I would order two salads too, there my love. I was always the child that wanted more salad and veggies and would not touch my meat haha. My mom said people were always amazed that I wanted more veggies when there kids won’t even take a bite, I hope when I have kids there the same way I was. I was always asking if I could have some trees(broccoli).

    March 9, 2011 at 1:19 pm
    • Reply laury

      LOL, I hope Ella has your habits!

      March 9, 2011 at 3:08 pm
  • Reply Stefanie @TheNewHealthy

    So exciting that you’re almost there–you are giving me baby fever!!! I totally remember having P-brain syndrome! haha–for me, it didn’t stop after I gave birth! It’s still there! πŸ˜‰

    March 9, 2011 at 2:06 pm
    • Reply laury

      Oye, that’s what I hear!

      March 9, 2011 at 3:08 pm
  • Reply Leashieloo

    The French doors are beautiful, I can’t wait to see the finished result!

    March 9, 2011 at 2:07 pm
  • Reply Caree @ Fit-Mama

    I defnitely got Pbrain. I still have it from time to time…it goes out the door during pregnancy and only some of it comes back!

    March 9, 2011 at 3:12 pm
  • Reply Melissa

    I’ve heard about p-brain! I’ve never been pregnant so I can’t say I’ve experience it per se but I do have “wacky times” too:)

    March 9, 2011 at 4:53 pm
  • Reply Mary @ Bites and Bliss

    That’s really interesting..I didn;t know pregnancy could do that!! I definitely experience a bit of P-brain when I’m running low on blood sugar, but that sounds a bit different anyway. Hope your smarts come back to ya after your girly’s born! πŸ˜‰

    March 9, 2011 at 8:09 pm
  • Reply Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie)

    So happy you are having a great pregnancy, I’d probably have all these healthy cravings too lol And good job on all those workouts! You definitely look great. Yummy oatmeal, I forget a lot of things too and I’m not even pregnant lol πŸ™‚

    March 9, 2011 at 11:47 pm
  • Reply Morgan

    GIRL…I am loving the french doors on Ellas room! Her room is going to be so cute! And Mucnhkin the watch cat…LOL. Love it!
    Ok, I am a total P Brain, and it didnt help it one bit to have 3 babies! I was SO BAD when I was pregnant. I couldnt remember anything. ENTER floating in a swimming pool all day long with watermelon. πŸ™‚ Even that maxxed out my capability to *think* haha. And I would start a conversation with something so profound to tell my husband…and then just trail off to nowhere land and he would say, “what were you saying?” and I was like “huh? what?? I was saying something?”
    I so wish I was more cute and decorative with my home. its very clean and more simple looking, nuetral colors and not too busy. I need someone to come and show me how to throw and hot pink pillow into the mix or something. I am very much a minimalist and earth tone like with my decorating. My main “project” I do is go declutter crazy. LOL Literally, I think I have some sort of compulsion with decluttering. Im ruthless. Nothing is safe from me when Im on a declutter rage. Its like a coping mechanism for stress for me or something. Im like, i feel stressed someone get me a garbage bag NOW and hide your most beloved items as QUICKLY as possible. πŸ™‚

    March 10, 2011 at 12:42 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks girlie!!!

      And lol, I can just picture that! The same thing happens with Michael, I told him he can not rely on me once I lose my train of thought its GONE!! I hate clutter. But in my small house, it’s a challenge! I go on de-clutter fests haha. Yes, I tell Michael…hide what you don’t want tossed!!

      March 10, 2011 at 4:10 pm
  • Reply Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner

    I love your new doors! French doors are so cute!

    Munchkin looks like he really like the doors to! πŸ˜‰

    xoxo
    Kathleen

    March 11, 2011 at 1:59 am
  • Reply La.

    Oh pregnancy brain and then post pregnancy brain which MIGHT BE WORSE because you are sleep deprived. I still think you are amazing!

    March 11, 2011 at 9:20 pm
    • Reply laury

      Yikes!!!! That’s what i hear!!!

      March 11, 2011 at 10:36 pm

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