You arrive at your friend’s home, put your handbag and car keys down and proceed to enjoy a lovely afternoon with her. But when it’s time to leave, you cannot remember where you left your car keys! Or mid-sentence during a conversation you forget what point you’re trying to put across. You usually keep the apples in the fridge, but for some reason you put the packet elsewhere and for the life of you, you can’t recall where you placed them. Pregnant and think you’re losing your mind?
Relax! Memory loss problems are a very common phenomena for pregnant women. But rest assured, there is nothing medically wrong with you. And yes, all will be restored to normal in your memory bank when your baby is born so there’s no need to worry that you may forget where you leave junior!
As any pregnant woman knows – and probably every -pregnant dad, too – our hormones tend to think that pregnancy is a green card allowing them to run amok.
But the truth of the matter is that there is a sound connection associating hormones with memory loss problems during pregnancy.
First and third trimesters of pregnancy
Symptoms such as anxiety, depression and mood fluctuations can strongly affect the memory of a pregnant woman and it’s commonly reported that short-term memory in general seems to fail pregnant women somewhat, especially in the first and third trimesters of their pregnancies.
But take comfort in the knowledge that you are not alone. Probably about half of all pregnant women experience this. It could quite plainly be explained that during your first trimester, your mind is absorbed with the excitement of being pregnant, and the obvious sizable amounts of questions you have about your health and therefore that of your growing baby.
During your second trimester your anxiety levels pretty much even out, and so you gain better control of your memory.
But when the third trimester arrives anxiety levels can once again peak with concerns of the delivery, your baby’s well-being, and in general the apprehensions you may have regarding the large lifestyle changes you and your partner are about to embark on.
The brain is preoccupied
In short, it boils down to the fact that the brain is so preoccupied that normal concentration can suffer to an extent.
The best thing to do is to relax in the knowledge that you are not losing your mind and that these memory loss hitches are temporary. Stressing about it will only make the situation worse.
You can control it to a large degree by training your brain to remember better. Take conscious note of what you are doing, sometimes it may help to even voice it out loud. As silly as it sounds, look at that packet of apples and say out loud -I have put the apples in the fridge , for example.
Visualisation also works wonders. Try to -see yourself putting those apples back into the fridge, or placing your car keys on the coffee table.
Sound habits will help
Devise habits such as always placing your car keys inside your handbag when you get out of your car, and keeping a tidy home where everything has its place. This will make it easier to spot misplaced items.
Keeping yourself healthy with a good eating plan, exercise, as much fresh air as possible and loads of relaxation will also play its part in minimising memory loss during your pregnancy. Getting enough, sound sleep is of vital importance, too.
If you are experiencing memory loss problems it can be very annoying and possibly a little frightening, too. But the worst thing to do is to worry about it as this will just make matters worse. They will vanish once your baby is born.