If 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:
- Focus on one thing at a time.
- 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.
- Take care of yourself: get enough sleep and regular exercise.
- Take a deep breath and don't be too hard on yourself.
- 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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