Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Pregnancy Brain and Prenatal Vitamins

Many of us can relate to the term pregnancy brain and even have a story of when we forgot something important or did something that made us feel less than sharp.  Why is that?  What is happening in our body to make us loose the edge we once had before pregnancy?  Unfortunately, research hasn't been able to support our theory of “pregnancy brain”.  A recent study shows the capacity of the brain is unaltered in pregnancy.  The brain doesn't change during those 9 months even though we feel like our memory has left the building somewhere around week 4 or 5.  But just because research doesn't show a change in the brain, we moms know something isn't the same.  Here are a few tips to help you keep your edge.

1.  Get enough rest.  Many women find it difficult to get enough rest at night, especially during the third trimester.  Get to bed earlier or even find time to take a nap when possible- the dishes and laundry can wait.

2.  Take a DHA Omega-3 supplement.  Research has shown DHA can help increase your short term memory and is great for baby's brain and eye development.  It not only helps mom's memory, but has great benefits for the baby on board.

3.  Eat well and take your daily prenatal vitamin.  Food that gives you heart burn or irritates morning sickness symptoms can prevent you from sleeping well.  Caffeine is also best to avoid during pregnancy.

4.  Read a good book.  Reading is a great way to keep your mind active.  Pregnancy books are always fun and informative during this season.  

5.  Take a moment to regroup.  Go for a walk or rest a moment and gather your thoughts. Make a to-do list to help you feel on top of your tasks and less overwhelmed.

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