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Forgetfulness During Pregnancy? Is that what we call pregnancy brain?

December 3, 2020

Pregnancy brings about many physical, emotional and hormonal changes. It also brings about mental changes which are a bit difficult to handle but are normal. Research shows that pregnancy really alters a woman's brain. Forgetfulness is one such alteration of mind which is experienced during pregnancy. It's sometimes called momnesia or sometimes "pregnancy brain."

Reason for pregnancy brain:

Forgetfulness or pregnancy brain can be very frustrating but is 100% normal for a woman in such a stage. We might tend to forget things when we are multitasking, stressed or deprived of sleep. During such conditions your brain is tired and forgetfulness is common. Pregnancy brain can be explained by surging hormones level and new priorities.

During pregnancy the progesterone and estrogen level is increased 15 to 40 times than normal. The neurons in the brain are affected by all these hormones in the body. At the time of delivery, there are huge surges of oxytocin that cause the uterus to contract and the mammary glands to produce milk, and these hormones also affect the brain circuits.

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During pregnancy the brain alters according to what gets the most attention. Your growing body is at the topmost priority. Your IQ isn’t changing but your priority does. All your attention is captured by the physical changes taking place in your body.

In pregnancy and new mom’s hormones also affect spatial memory which includes remembering where things are.

What can be done?

Relieve all stresses- lower down your stress level. Practice yoga which is advisable for maternity.

Meditate regularly- meditation helps you to calm down. It also relaxes your brain thus helping it to function better. You can switch on soft music, close your eyes and relax.

Stay Positive –laugh and stay happy at this stage of your life. Encourage your partner to do the same.

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