How pregnancy brain affected my work

This personal blog chronicles my first pregnancy. It is the seventh of this series, which will be updated every week. – Rio

 

Is pregnancy brain true? Well, at least for me, it was. For the first four months of my pregnancy, I became a living proof of its existence.

Yes, pregnancy can induce a brain fog, making me forget about meetings, appointments, or where I put my purse. At first, it struck me as normal. Having been diagnosed with Hyperemesis Gravidarum made me weak, thus, affecting the way I function every day.

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It’s not that I was forgetting a lot of important things to do. I made sure I was still on top of my responsibilities and that they get done on time. It was just that I keep forgetting about the little ones, and I wasn’t as anal on small details like I used to. For one, I wasn’t supposed to let grammatical errors slip through the cracks as a copy editor for a social media company.

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The first minor mistakes can be forgiven, I suppose. But it comes up every now and then that my bosses are not having none of them anymore. Of course, I understood where they’re coming from. And I just couldn’t bring myself to play that pregnant card again and again considering that I was previously allowed to work from home. So, I simply took responsibility and took steps to make sure it never happened.

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Thinking I was over the hump of that sensitive first trimester, I intended to hold on to my job until December, the month that I was due. But when my doctor found out that I have a small lump right on top of my right areola, everything has to change. Afraid that it might affect my plan to breastfeed, he insisted that I undergo all the necessary screenings to make sure it’s benign.

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I was 17 when I discovered the breast lump. And after consulting with a doctor, who said it was not harmful, I made the decision to live with it, fully aware that it could get bigger as time goes by. But my younger self had not looked further into a future where I would want to breast feed my baby. And I regret that decision now more than ever.

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The thought of undergoing ultrasound and biopsy scared the shit out of me. It was piling on top of office politics that I had to deal with on a daily basis. I noticed my bosses were starting to pick on my work even before I made a mistake for quite a few times. This is just one of many, which I would neither share nor dwell on. They, however, made me realize that I needed to re-evaluate my priorities. Which is more important: keeping a stressful job or focusing on starting a family?

It was a no brainer. I chose to ensure that I have a healthy pregnancy than staying in a toxic environment. For me, it’s easier to find a new job than make a baby. Of course, I’m worried about our finances to support the baby. But enjoying this wonderful journey at my age is something that my husband fully understands and supports. And I just couldn’t feel any luckier than this. I guess, I’ll just go freelance, then.

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  1. Thank you for sharing your story! I found this really inspirational and I’m happy you are no longer stressed and can fully enjoy your journey 😊 Great post.

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  2. Thanks for sharing! I think you took a brilliant decision. Jobs come and go, so it`s always important to focus on things that really matter. I`ve been struggling for years to become pregnant, so if I were in the same situation as you, I`d definitely quit the job.

    Beauty Nerd

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  3. Thank you for posting this. This was a very helpful post for me – there’s a good chance that if I can/do get pregnant, I could have all types of complications. It helps me to make a more informed decision when women speak honestly about all the aspects of pregnancy. It’s helpful to know about the challenges as well as the joys.

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  4. After four pregnancies I can attest the fog is real!! At this point it’s become a permanent part of me (I have 5 kids still at home so I’m half crazy anyway 🤷🏻‍♀️). I wish you the best in your journey into motherhood! It’s a huge deal making the choice to put starting a family over career, I am sure things will fall into place 😊

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  5. Great entry and honestly great decision making. Your health and happiness should always be priority. I hope you become the richest freelancer Alive! (Keep a job at the top for me lol….I’m trying but freelancing is harddd! )

    All the best.

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  6. Hi Rioribaya
    Thanks for sharing your story – this is an invaluable insight. You have absolutely done the right thing for you at this time. Well done on taking such a brave decision but your health must always come first and this is even truer than ever throughout pregnancy.
    xoxo
    Hanna Rose
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