Are you standing in the supermarket for the umpteenth time because you forgot something? Or are you looking for your glasses for 5 minutes while on your head? Do you feel that people do not tell you anything anymore, while you were really in that one conversation? Do not be afraid, you will not go mad, you suffer from it pregnancy dementia!
There are many women who become oblivious and chaotic during pregnancy. Even the most organized women get lost during pregnancy. Read more about pregnancy dementia here, what causes it and what you can do to get a little more order!
What is pregnancy dementia?
Pregnancy dementia actually means you forgetful are, your concentration is less good and your responsiveness leaves something to be desired. You can also be confused and feel that things are going through you.
Although it can be quite annoying, it is not harmful to you or your baby. There is no permanent damage caused to your brain and after your delivery it will pass automatically. Keep in mind, however, that it can sometimes take a while before you are completely old again. In the worst cases, only about 32 weeks after your birth!
Causes of pregnancy dementia
There are several causes of this little witchcraft:
Pregnancy hormone progesterone
Of course, it can not be otherwise or the pregnancy hormones also play a role in this ailment. This time it is due to progesterone. This hormone affects the part of your brain where memories are stored. When there are large amounts of progesterone in your body, this can have an inhibitory effect on your memory capacity. The result is that you can recover memories more difficult and you forget things.
Lack of sleep
Sleep deprivation has consequences on your functioning if you are not pregnant, you need to consider how big the effect is during your pregnancy. Due to extreme fatigue, your concentration is less effective. In addition, sleeping has an important function in the processing of all the information you receive in a day. When you are dreaming away, this information is organized and stored. Due to a lack of sleep, this process is disrupted and your memory can sometimes let you down.
Choline is a building block for the substance acetylcholine. And that dust is important for the formation of your memory. During your pregnancy you will give a part of choline to your child so that his or her brain can be developed. Although this is of course very important, you notice yourself that you have a shortage. You can supplement this shortage by eating foods that are rich in choline. Consider, for example, beef (well-done, of course), dairy products, egg yolks, soybeans, citrus fruit (such as oranges and grapefruits) and nuts.
In addition to these physical causes, there are also mental causes that stimulate pregnancy dementia such as:
- Busy (you have to arrange a lot after all);
- Other priorities (you think especially about your baby and pay less attention to other matters).
Forgotten after the pregnancy?
We already indicated it, but after your pregnancy it can still seem like you are not yet from you pregnancy dementia are redeemed. This sometimes takes a number of weeks. Although you can no longer blame the hormones at that moment, the other causes still exist such as lack of sleep, stress, pressure and especially a lot of attention for your baby. In other words: after your birth you have something else on your mind than the normal course of events: your baby!
Tips against pregnancy dementia and forgetfulness
- Write everything down as much as possible: prepare a note on the counter or a table where you often walk past and write everything you think you should remember.
- Write down everything in your phone;
- Repeat, repeat: repeat for yourself everything that is important. For example, important discussions, comments or where you have filed something;
- Talk to yourself: sometimes it helps to talk to yourself aloud while you are doing something. For example: 'I now put the keys on the table'. In this way you are more consciously engaged in your actions. It may feel strange at first, but you will find that it helps!
- Take a rest: if you do everything at once, your head will automatically spin once. Therefore take enough rest to let things sink for a moment. You can also use that rest moment by making a to-do list or noting down what you have done.
- Work with lists: always make shopping lists, to-do lists or lists of appointments.
- Engage your partner: probably your partner has already noticed that you are forgetful. Then let him or her help you as much as possible by reminding you of things or taking your duties off your hands.
Finally: never embarrass yourself for your pregnancy dementia and just laugh at your forgetfulness. You are really not the only one and in fact it is not at all strange that due to the major changes that are coming up, you are less 'on top of your game'.