Dealing with “Pregnancy Brain”

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Also known as forgetfulness. Pregnancy can be overwhelming; regardless if you’re a first time mum or eighth time mum, and it can literally make you forget things. This could range from forgetting an appointment, to forgetting what you walked into the shop for, to whether you turned off the stove.

But I have a few tips that all mums should turn to when they are expecting.

Use a calendar – you are likely to have many antenatal appointments. It’s best to note them down as soon as they are booked. Most appointments are for when you have reached a certain number of weeks in your pregnancy for example, an anomaly scan at 20 weeks. So, missing appointments leads to rebooking appointments, and this is not ideal.

Write it down – keep a notebook or use the notes section on your smartphone. As things come to mind, quickly jot them down. This avoids you spending the next hour thinking about that “really important thing you forgot to do”.

Ask questions – bear in mind that your midwife, doctor, consultant, sonographer is responsible for many expectant mums, so there may be a few times where they may fail to explain every corner of your pregnancy to you. Don’t be shy, ask any question that you have, and voice all of your concerns.

Do your research – you may come across lots of foreign medical terms and if you don’t get a chance to query about them in person, you could easily forget. Therefore the internet is your second port of call. The NHS website, BabyCentre and Bounty break down anything and everything involved in pregnancy and birth.

Delegate – you don’t have to do everything by yourself. Send tasks to your partner, your parents, your siblings, your friends. Send it to the many people who told you “if you need anything, just let me know”.

Relax – you may be forgetful because there are so many things running through your mind. Take it easy, and chances are you won’t feel as swamped.

If you follow these tips and still forget some things here and there, rest assured it won’t last forever, so don’t worry too much.

As always, thank you for reading.

Leandra

 

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