You may be experiencing “pregnancy brain” also referred to as “momnesia.” We hear from many women that they have a hard time concentrating and experience forgetfulness during their pregnancy and after their baby is born. So what exactly is going on?
Unfortunately, there has been limited research conducted on the effects that pregnancy has on memory. And research findings are inconsistent. However, we do know that your hormones are increased during pregnancy, which may have an effect on your mind as well as your body.
In addition, many pregnant women and new moms are busy, stressed and tired, which greatly affects one’s ability to remember things. It is hard for your mind to stay sharp when you are exhausted.
So what can you do to help with pregnancy brain?
- Prioritize what’s necessary for the day and concentrate on those tasks. Better yet, decide on 3 “must do” tasks for the day and focus on those. Anything beyond that needs to wait til tomorrow.
- Simplify your life; get help with your to-do list by designating tasks to your partner, friends and family.
- Keep a detailed calendar for events and appointments. Having a post-it notepad handy for to-do lists, reminders and phone numbers helps a lot!
- Get more sleep. This may be difficult, but what you probably need is more zzzz’s. Take a quick nap whenever you can or ask your partner/family member or friend to watch your baby for an hour while you lie down. Make sleep a priority.
- Keep keys and other important items in designated areas in your house so you can easily find them.
- Eat well and drink plenty of water. Good nutrition doesn’t only feed your body – it feeds your brain, too!
Have you experienced pregnancy brain? Share your tips and tricks.
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