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Is Pregnancy Affecting Your Brain?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 21, 2015

pregnancy_brainIf you're pregnant and feel like it's turning your brain to dough, you're not alone. "Pregnancy brain" makes your short-term memory worse. Some women have told us that they go to the grocery store only to forget what they went there to buy.  Or maybe you wrote a list on the back of your hand and forgot where you put your pen.

Studies show that your brain can actually decrease by as much as 7% when you're pregnant. It's caused by multiple things: a hormone called oxytocin, more hormones and not getting enough sleep.

Here are 5 tips on how to cope:

  1. Focus on one thing at a time.
  2. Write down your day's 2 or 3 most important to-do's on paper, or put them in your phone to find throughout the day.
  3. Take care of yourself: get enough sleep and regular exercise.
  4. Take a deep breath and don't be too hard on yourself.
  5. Cut down on your tasks by asking for help. When possible, get assistance from those around you who are not pregnant to serve as your backup system

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Topics: Pregnancy, Healthy pregnancy