Did you have pregnancy brain (if you’ve been pregnant)? For those of you who haven’t experienced it, “pregnancy brain” is a slight decrease in memory, and more notably, a slight decrease in your ability to focus.
Pregnancy brain is caused by a lack of quality sleep, decreased energy (you are, after all, growing a human being), and a number of physiological and neurological changes. It’s basically “just your pregnancy hormones having some fun — this time at the expense of your memory” (via What to Expect).
I definitely noticed (and occasionally continue to notice) the effects of “pregnancy brain” when trying to do coursework; readings would have taken me half an hour a year ago would now take me an hour or more, papers seemed to take twice as long to write, and sometimes I would lose my train of thought while writing a sentence. I also had a hard time remembering certain words sometimes, which was a new and terrifying feeling for me.
A few things that helped me cope with pregnancy brain…
- Getting as much sleep as I could
- Eating enough food (it seemed worse if I was hungry)
- Drinking enough water (!!!)
- Working more in the morning (it seemed to get worse in the afternoon)
- Not staying up too late (see getting as much sleep as I could), especially since I felt most alert in the morning
- Giving myself time to relax, which meant being more disciplined about getting work done
But I didn’t come up with a perfect system. So, if you’ve been pregnant and had pregnancy brain, what helped you?
P.S. – Here’s a post on three ways pregnancy and the online doctorate are a perfect match, and here are some #pregnantteacherproblems 🙂