Pregnancy Brain

Baby brain: myth or reality?

Many women report bouts of absentmindedness and forgetfulness during pregnancy. Commonly called baby brain or pregnancy brain, memory loss during pregnancy is not a myth according to the women who have experienced it. Despite studies which have shown that brain capacity is not altered in any way by pregnancy, it is theorized that a combination of physical and hormonal changes may have an effect on the brain which has not yet been quantified in scientific studies. Providing evidence for the existence of baby brain is research that shows the volume of brain cells undergoes a temporary reduction during the third trimester of pregnancy, despite the fact that this temporary reduction has not been shown to alter cognitive capacity.

 

Memory loss during pregnancy is normal and, in the vast majority of cases, will go away once the baby is born. Even so, dealing with it can be frustrating. If you're finding yourself plagued by absentmindedness and forgetfulness during your pregnancy, there are a few tips and strategies you can use to fight back.

What You Can Do About Baby Brain

Some of the things you can do to limit the effects of memory loss during pregnancy include:

  • Create a system for remembering things. At the beginning of the day, write down a list of all the things you want to get done, and try to keep common items in the same place all the time so that you're not constantly searching for things like your purse or your car keys.
  • Take advantage of technology; schedule all your appointments, meetings and regular errands in your cell phone. That way, even if you forget about something, your technology won't.
  • Cut down on the number of things you have to remember. During your pregnancy, you should be taking it easier and focusing on maintaining your health rather than running around and causing yourself undue stress. Take a load off and reach out to loved ones for the help you need.

Above all, try not to be too hard on yourself and keep a light heart about the situation. Baby brain may be a quirky and annoying facet of expectant motherhood, but it's temporary and you should keep reminding yourself that you'll be sharp as a tack again a few weeks after the baby is born.