What is baby brain and how to prevent it

 What is baby brain and how to prevent it

Pregnancy By

Esther Muchene

A journal will help you to keep track of how you’re feeling especially when it comes to your symptoms (Photo: Shutterstock)

Baby brain is the mental fogginess that causes forgetfulness and poor concentration during pregnancy. It’s still a controversial topic and some people say it’s a myth but new research suggests otherwise. 


What is baby brain and how do you help it?

So many experiments have been done and the fact is that, it’s real. There’s still no direct answer to why it happens although some of the possible reasons could be the hormonal changes that happen during that period.

Here’s how you can reduce the effects of pregnancy brain. 

It’s okay to open the notes app on your phone to type what you need to do but that’s different from noting things down on pen and paper. That’s because writing engages your brain more to increase sharpness and to keep you active. Write the important tasks of the day whether you need to go grocery shopping or if you have important assignments you need to take care of. Combine that with setting reminders on your phone.

This isn’t your to-do list. Its purpose is to keep track of how you’re feeling especially when it comes to your symptoms. That way if you’re going for appointments at the hospital, you won’t struggle to remember important details as far as your health is concerned. It’s also important because you can keep track of your emotions in case you’re showing signs of depression and other serious health concerns. You don’t have to write elaborate notes in your journal though. It can just be short and precise.

Not getting enough sleep contributes to lack of concentration for anyone. And when you’re pregnant and dealing with pregnancy brain, the fogginess only gets worse. Sleep on time at night and feel free to take naps during the day if you can. You’ll feel less fatigued and your concentration will improve.

Research pregnancy safe foods that can help you sharpen your mind. Some of the best are foods rich in omega 3. You should strive to have a healthy balanced diet in general so you can also supply your body with enough choline, which is also known to have many benefits for the brain. But, stay away from gingko biloba since it’s not safe for pregnant women.

Don’t run away from working out. It’s not always fun but it has been linked to better cognitive functioning. Doing simple lightweight workouts that are suitable for expectant moms are enough to reap the benefits. 

You probably don’t play games anymore but trust me, they help a lot. You can find those that boost your memory and concentration as a way of fighting baby brain. Try solitaire which you can download on your phone or play with a friend.

Don’t be so hard on yourself just because you forget things from time to time. Pregnancy brain is normal and sometimes you can’t really avoid the effects. Relax, take it easy and do the best you can.