Pregnancy Brain is Real
“Pregnancy brain.” “Baby brain.” “Momnesia.” Whatever you call it, pregnancy-related difficulties with concentration and memory are real. And while we still aren’t sure what causes it, we can help with a few tips on coping with brain fog.
You need to remember that you’re growing a tiny person, so cut yourself some slack. Your body and brain are working overtime on the most important job ever, so keep them both in top condition by:
- Getting plenty of sleep
- Eating nutritious food (and taking your prenatal vitamin)
- Getting regular exercise
- Finding ways to de-stress
Take advantage of the digital technology at your fingertips:
- Use a calendar app to keep track of appointments and other daily to-dos.
- Use the alarm function on your phone to schedule notifications for things like meetings, taking medication and remembering to eat.
- Use your phone’s camera to take a quick photo of where you parked your car or that gorgeous color of paint you want to use in the nursery.
- Store important phone numbers, including those for your doctor’s office and the hospital.
Not everything can be digitized. But pretty much everything can be organized and simplified:
- Give important items (like keys, wallet, sunglasses, the cat) a “home” and make an effort to always set them in the same place so you can find them.
- Carry a notepad in your bag to jot down things you might forget, like grocery items, insurance information, your husband’s name…
- Accept help and delegate certain tasks so you have fewer things to remember and keep track of.
Most importantly, keep a sense of humor and remember that this, too, shall pass. So what if you left your sunglasses in the freezer (again)? You’ll probably forget about it anyway.