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How to Ease Pregnancy Brain



Filed under : Expecting YUM, Stages

By: Lauren Bove

Pregnancy brain isn’t exactly fun, but laughing at your momentary lapses and keeping a sense of humor is a healthy approach to managing this temporary inconvenience


If you’ve ever been or currently are pregnant, the term pregnancy brain will have you groaning. This foggy state of mind is not a sign you are losing it or that anything is wrong. It’s actually quite common.

What Is It?
Forgetfulness and the daze that has you searching for keys or asking yourself, “Why did I come into this room?” is caused by a change in brain size. The brain decreases in cell volume during the third trimester due to hormonal changes, most researchers believe. However, don’t fear that it will remain like that forever. The shrinkage reverses soon after delivery.

Should I Worry?
Not at all. Remember, it’s normal and won’t last. Be kind and understanding to yourself as you struggle with this annoyance. Family and friends will take their cue from you.

Can I Do Anything About It?

  • Buy sticky notes and write things down. Keep a pad and pen in your purse for notes on the go. These reminders will come in handy if you can locate them again!
  • Relax. Stress only aggravates the situation, and chilling out will allow you to recall everything. Take a break or have a glass of water. It will eventually come to you.
  • Let some things go. Reduce the number of responsibilities you have. Also, dont’ be afraid to release control. This is a temporary state, so let others pick up the slack.
  • Eat right, get rest and listen to your doctor. Staying in tip-top shape will help to limit troublesome symptoms.
  • Don’t take memory-boosting supplements. These have not been proven safe during pregnancy.

Pregnancy brain isn’t exactly fun, but laughing at your momentary lapses and keeping a sense of humor is a healthy approach to managing this temporary inconvenience.

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