Help! I Have Baby Brain

Lots of strange things happen to you while you’re pregnant. Aside from the obvious Invasion of the Body Snatchers changes, you might also feel confused or forgetful. You may find yourself making mistakes that are out of character. Or find yourself mid-sentence unable to remember what you were saying. You may have forgotten words, and not in that on-the-tip-of-my-tongue sense, more in a gone-forever kind of way.

Between 50 and 80% of pregnant women report experiencing some degree of memory problems. Other reported symptoms include anxiety, stress, poor concentration and clumsiness.

What causes baby brain?

Baby brain is a relatively unknown phenomenon and very little research has been done to establish the causes or even existence of baby brain. Some assume that it is linked to the hormonal changes in the body during pregnancy. Progesterone and estrogen are both linked to memory, so it is thought the elevated levels of these hormones plays a part in this condition.

Most baby brain sufferers report symptoms in the final trimester, so it could be down to the distracting nature of impending motherhood. You may feel worried or anxious about the birth and caring for your baby, and these feelings may cause you to be less focussed on other areas of your life. Add to this the common sleep problems in the third trimester, and it’s no wonder you’re starting to feel a little frayed around the edges!

What can I do about it?

Unfortunately, there isn’t a quick fix for ‘baby brain’. Make sure you get plenty of rest, stay hydrated, eat a healthy diet and try to relax. Stress can make forgetfulness worse, so try to stay on top of your stress levels. Make sure you spend time each day relaxing.

You can also try to implement changes in your daily routine that may help you to combat the consequences of baby brain. If you are prone to misplacing your keys, designate a key hook or bowl in your home and make sure you always put the keys there. This will make your life easier, and save you lots of unnecessary running around.

If you have started to forget to do things at work or home, you should start keeping a to do list. Once you are used to referring back to it regularly, it will become second nature. You won’t be waking up panic stricken at 3am with the gloomy realisation that you’ve forgotten to write the presentation for the board meeting in six hours. You really don’t need wake up calls like that when you’re pregnant.

Be honest with people about your forgetfulness, and explain that it is a symptom associated with pregnancy. Don’t waste time feeling embarrassed or upset about the forgetfulness, just explain it and move on. People may be willing to offer you extra support in the meantime.

When will it end?

Although you may like to believe that as soon as the baby pops out, your baby brain will be instantly cured, unfortunately this isn’t the case. In fact, many women report suffering from “mummy brain” after the birth. The difference is that instead of being occupied by the impending birth and motherhood, you will now be preoccupied by your baby. The sleepless nights and distracted attention will probably plague you for an extra few months at least, sorry.

Written by Fiona, proud owner of a toddler, @fiona_peacock

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Olivia
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Olivia

Bunch of BULLlllllllll crap

Lenny
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Lenny

Fish or fish oil capsules help. Your body’s deprived of omega 3, 6 or 9 (I always forget which one(s) which u need for ur brain because of your growing baby.

Janey
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Janey

It’s true! I was so forgetful while pregnant. And within hours of delivering my daughter, it was like a cloud lifted and it was a lot better! Then you’re exhausted, but never as forgetful as it I was during pregnancy.

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Anna

That’s true. I forget thing all the time, and I became so clumsy. My friend suggested me to drive more carefully. She got in her first car accident while she was pregnant.

Fifi
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Fifi

I’m definitely struggling with memory and I’m unusually clumsy. I was a sceptic until I hit third trimester and it happened to me. 🙂

Jackie
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I’m 8 weeks pregnant & have been doing the most ridiculous things already! The first time I was pregnant it didn’t start happening until the third tri-mester however yesterday I found out I’m pregnant with twins!!!! Looks like I have 7 months of this to go! Last week I mistook a pack of icing sugar for cake mix & tried baking a cake with eggs, milk & a whole packet of icing sugar! Needless to say it ended up in the bin!

Heather
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Heather

110% True. I went to the doctor (17 weeks) and she was putting my info into the computer, she asked for my address. . . I had to look at my license. Leaving the stove on threw the night, misplacing keys. My husband who I usually help him remember things, is now like a wizard!

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Dominique

The preggo brain is strong with this one…..
Since week 3 I have had an increasingly hard time remembering even the simplist things like what day recycling was… it never changes. Or what time of day it was.. I had a clock in front of me. I now carry a note pad and pen in my purse to help me remember. So far it helps… 19 weeks left of this brain.. but Loving every thing else about my pregnancy so far!!

yawo Turay
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yawo Turay

Am 27 weeks pregnant and am having rash and redness on my belly also worry that it will not affect my baby

Veronica
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Veronica

I am pregnant with my first (still shocked but happy) 10 weeks. I normally have a great memory; but recently I have been forgetting the simplest of things and it’s quite irritating!! My partner is understanding and we laugh lots 🙂

Congrats to all the mums-to-be 🙂

Jenna Mitchell
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Jenna Mitchell

Greetings All…I’m almost 8 weeks and I definitely notice clumsiness; I have dropped and broken about four dishes on separate occasions…I kinda only want to eat on plastic for now….I need my tableware !😆