Memory Loss

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Memory Loss

Postby LauraBeck12 » Wed Aug 29, 2012 02:20 am

I am a scientific mind.
I have been known for my excellent memory in the past.
Since my pre-e I have noticed that my memory is much much worse.

Anyone else experience this?
Is it the grief? or the pre-e? Or maybe neither or both?

I catch myself on these memory issues and i'm almost embarrassed at how bad it is!
Laura Beck, mother to Our most cherished Love - Our son- 8/1/11- 8/4/11
severe swelling and increased blood pressure started between 20-22 weeks. (ignored by medical professionals)
was finally clinically diagnosed with severe pre-e at 27 weeks.
spent 2 weeks in hospital.
He was born at 29 weeks, at exactly 2lbs. classical incision c-section.
He lived for 3 days in the NICU , autopsy said "lung failure" was cause of death.

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Re: Memory Loss

Postby sam10 » Wed Aug 29, 2012 07:43 pm

I experienced difficulty concentrating (I was not as sharp anymore) and could not remember things as much. I think it had mostly to do with my grief, especially the first year after Henry passed. I started noticing to gain some of my mental strength again closer to the 2 year mark. How much that can be attributed to PE, I don't know. I do remember though that I filled out a questionnaire re: memory/brain and PE. Perhaps somebody else remembers it and can post the link. I could not find it.
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Henry (1/1/2010-1/7/2010) - forever loved and missed; severe PE with Hellp; partial placental abruption, classical c-section at 25.6 weeks
Matilda (Nov. 2012, born at 35.4 weeks) - severe PE


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Re: Memory Loss

Postby ktsl123 » Wed Aug 29, 2012 09:59 pm

I didn't have memory loss myself so not sure. I have friends that had babies and no PE and have mentioned that they felt like their brain cells were taken away when they had their babies. Maybe it's a thing with just having baby.
Son born healthy at 5lbs 8oz at 35 weeks +2 days due to Severe PE on 7-21-09
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Re: Memory Loss

Postby caryn » Thu Aug 30, 2012 11:18 am

That was the PF's survey, Julija. Results here: http://preeclampsia.org/component/lyfte ... your-brain

There is clearly cognitive change in the mother following any birth. It's difficult to separate out what effects from preeclampsia there might be. A survey like this provides us with an excuse to do a more careful analysis, and there are people working on that.

Grief is also a definite confounder.

I haven't noticed any effect in my recall that I don't see mirrored in the rest of the women in my family who've had children - which is to say that now, I can run through three or four names of a thing or a person before hitting on the one I want, if there's a noisy background capturing some of my attention. And since, as a kid, I answered to "Laurie... Annie... Mickie... damnit... CARYN." I'm pretty sure that's not unique to preeclampsia.
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Re: Memory Loss

Postby alviarin » Fri Aug 31, 2012 02:49 pm

I lost my brain when I was low thyroid. I went from feeling smart to feeling stupid. Pre-e may raise risk of developing a thyroid problem, so if you are concerned it couldn't hurt to get checked out.
Hypothyroid mom to Connor and Claire
(severe pre-e at 38 weeks & "mild" pre-e at 37 weeks)
& baby Annabelle
(chronic HTN & GD, superimposed pre-e @34 weeks, induction @37 weeks)
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