Forgetfulness During Pregnancy: How Pregnancy Brain Affects Your Memory

Forgetfulness During Pregnancy: How Pregnancy Brain Affects Your MemoryLet’s see if any of these actions resonate with you, a mom-to-be: forgetting where you parked your car, misplacing your keys at home, trailing off mid-sentence in a conversation with your husband, or leaving laundry in the washer because you forgot to switch it to the dryer. Sound familiar? You’re probably experiencing Pregnancy Brain, the forgetful quality that many women take on while expecting.

Even though it doesn’t sound real, Pregnancy Brain has been proven to affect pregnant women based on hormonal and brain cell changes. In your third trimester, for example, studies have shown that pregnant womens’ brain-cell volume temporarily decreases. Coping with out-of-control hormones distracts from keeping your memory clear and focused as well. And if you’re not getting regular, satisfying shut eye—and let’s be honest, no pregnant woman is getting a full night’s rest—then it’s no wonder that pregnant women suffer from impaired memories.

What can you do to combat Pregnancy Brain? Try to anticipate the important activities that populate your schedule and religiously update your smart phone with calendar entries. This is the best time to set alarms and alerts for meetings and doctor’s visits so you can avoid missing anything important. If you’re going to the grocery store, make a quick list to follow so you won’t remember that you missed picking up a gallon of milk when you’re already halfway home. Even if you’re normally the multi-tasking queen, try and finish one project before moving onto the next. Not only will this help you slow down and not feel overwhelmed (emotions and hormones have a nasty way of compounding stress), but you’ll feel in control of your schedule and life.

Just remember: Pregnancy Brain is real and afflicts many pregnant moms-to-be just like yourself. So take it easy on yourself and try to give yourself plenty of time to accomplish each task at hand. Your brain will go back to normal once your baby is born, so it’s not as if you’ll be finding your keys in the freezer on a routine basis! The full night’s rest might not return as quickly, though.

Do you remember suffering from Pregnancy Brain? Share your stories in the comments!