Forgetful? Absent minded? Can’t remember where you left your keys? Don’t worry, you’ve just got a case of baby brain people will tell you. Pregnant women and new mothers have long complained that their condition makes them forgetful. But is this so-called ‘baby brain’, like, actually a thing? Researchers say yes. And we’ve got 10 ways to combat it. Or at least 10 ways to help you when you’re struggling with short-term memory loss. Now where are those keys…
Drink Coffee With Friends
Do us a favour and next time you spend the entire morning nattering with one of your BFFs don’t feel guilty. You know why? Because research suggests that women with larger friendship groups have bigger and better brains. Can’t get better news than that.
Make A Fist
Bear with us on this one, and clench your right fist whenever feel the need to remember something. US researchers believe that clenching your right fist can help you form a stronger memory of an event or action, while clenching your left may help you recall it later on.
Sniff Rosemary Oil
Shakespeare once said rosemary oil is good for the memory, and it seems the Bard might have been right. Researchers have found for the first time that essential oil from the herb when sniffed in advance enables people to remember to do things. Keep forgetting to take medication or send that package? Sniff some oil.
Write Stuff Down
Write everything, from appointments to names to what you’ve done that day, down. It’s never too late to start a diary, right?
Eat Like You're About To Sit An Exam
When you think of exam foods, you think of foods that are high in DHA and Omega 3. Foods like salmon, eggs, walnuts and cranberries, all of which are great for your memory. Indulge in that morning omelette, grab a packet of walnuts and cranberries and sleep soundly. You’re feeding your brain and your baby.
Drink More Water
While you might be paying serious attention to your diet, lots of mums to be and mums who are breastfeeding forget the need for constant and extra hydration. If you don’t drink enough, it can lead to a lack of concentration, as well as nausea and headaches. You need around nine cups of water a day when you’re expecting: don’t wait until you’re thirsty.
Keep Your Brain Active
Think of it as if it’s a giant memory muscle – and like the others, you need to use it or lose it. The best way to exercise your brain is to try something new and to develop new neurological pathways. So whether it’s a new language, a musical instrument or a Sudoku puzzle, try it and see that muscle flex.
Keep Your Body Active
Not only does it help your brain, but light exercise during pregnancy can help the brainpower of your unborn child too. Stimulate your circulation and promote cerebral blood flow and oxygen supply to your brain by going for a walk. That’s not too difficult is it?
Okay, so you might sound a little odd with this tip, but there’s nothing like repetition to boost memory power. Try repeating a name or something you’re trying to remember over and over again when you hear it. Experts believe repetition helps to transfer information from short-term memory to more permanent storage.
You want to know something? It’s not the end of the world if you forget where you left the shopping list, or if you buy twice as much milk as you need. We’d go as far as to say it can be quite endearing. So laugh it off when you find yourself becoming increasingly forgetful; people won’t allow you to be this ditzy forever.