Your baby is growing in your womb right, then why is your brain getting affected during pregnancy? You might’ve noticed it in the number of times you’ve been saying ‘I Forgot’ lately and when you mention that it has to do with your baby bump, people probably laugh it off but trust us, it does have to do your pregnancy.
If you haven’t guessed already, it’s your pregnancy hormones that are responsible for those little bouts of forgetfulness. In addition to all the exciting changes that are happening in your life, you’re probably getting much less sleep and feel tired all the time. All of these take a toll on your mental health. Apart from this, a study has even gone to prove that your brain, in fact, does function differently during pregnancy - The part of your brain responsible for emotions has higher activity than usual and your brain cell volume also decreases during the third trimester (Which is when you will actually get frustrated with how incompetent your memory is).
You could be the envy of the nation with your memory and your organization skills but still pregnancy hormones will have fun by letting you forget and see how life unfolds. But the good news is that - It’s temporary, you’ll be backed to your super-brain-mommy self in a few months after you give birth.
Although pregnancy brain is inevitable, it’s not unmanageable. There are a few things you can do to keep momnesia (Yup, pregnancy brain is also called so) in check.
Rest - This might seem like the most obvious one, but when we say rest, we mean sleep. Sleep deeply and peacefully rather than just lying awake on the bed. If you have problem sleeping consult with your physician or even better there are apps that play soothing music which will put you to sleep in no time.
Eat - Not just any foods, ones that rich in DHA are known to help improve memory. These include soybeans, milk, citrus fruits, and nuts.
Backup - It’s hard to remember everything, so note down things on a paper or on your phone with reminders so that you don’t miss out on the important stuff.
So what if you forgot where the car keys are, you’re carrying and nurturing a human being in you. That gives you a free pass for just about anything if you ask us ;)