I was always well organized & had a clear head. Why am I so thoughtless?forgetfulness during pregnancy is quite normal. You should not worry about it. It is not a medical problem, even if it can have physical causes. Several smaller scientific studies show that the size of the brain can vary during pregnancy.
A study by psychologists at the University of Southern California has found that women have difficulty thinking during pregnancy, which also affects their short-term memory and ability to concentrate, as well as the ability to retain new information. As a consolation: another study in rats showed that mother rats learned faster and were better at solving problems than virgin rats. There is at least the hope that there is a long-term advantage of becoming a mother. The forgetfulness can also be triggered by overwhelming feelings during pregnancy: all the big changes that are coming to you now. These fears of the future can obscure even the clearest mind a little bit. In addition, expectant mothers have to plan so much for the birth and life with their baby, usually there is also a move on - so you may have your head ever full …
What can I do about it?
Use these strategies to remember what's really important - to avoid frustration:Carry a small notebook with small reminders.
- Keep a detailed calendar with daily overview and all appointments.
- Always put important things, such as car keys, in the same place. Forgetfulness can be the key to making your life easier. Of course that is easier said than done. But you do not have to paper the room that has been needed for so long. Or wipe out all cabinets just because the baby is coming. This self-induced stress can make you forget important things.
- If it's your first pregnancy, then take your time for soothing baths, cozy candlelight dinners, long walks and reading afternoons with a good novel. If you already have children, then you know how important it is to find a household and children's aid so you can do all these things. In short, try to relax.Forgetfulness is one of many inconveniences in pregnancy. But the treatment can be a real highlight.