The struggle is real for many expectant moms – between 50 and 80 percent of expecting women have memory or focus problems. Research has proven to be unclear about what causes this brain fog in pregnancy.
The prospect of pregnancy brain makes sense: you could be distracted with excitement or worry about the new major life change and adventure a new baby may bring. Additionally, anxiety and stress can inhibit your ability to fully concentrate and remember things. Plus, that pregnancy fatigue likely does not help!
Scientifically speaking, a flood of hormones surge through your body when pregnant, which triggers major changes physiologically. It remains unclear how this affects the brain and memory though as the research behind this theory is mixed.
Some research has revealed that women have worse memory when pregnant while other studies show that it only gets worse in the third trimester. Yet other research shows that pregnant women perform just as well on tests as those who are not pregnant.
What You Can Do About Pregnancy Brain
There are a few small changes you can make to keep yourself from feeling like a total flaky mama. Below are a few tips for helping you to remember what is most important.
It is normal to experience a little forgetfulness during pregnancy. However, you know yourself and your body. If you feel you are having a lot of difficulty thinking or concentrating and you feel down or have a new loss of interest in things you normally enjoy (and have felt this way for at least two weeks), you may be battling depression. If you feel unusually overwhelmed or sad, talk to your doctor so you can get help.
- Olivia, mom & a pediatric nurse
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