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They call it “Momnesia”…

 

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…those times you put the milk in the cupboard instead of the refrigerator; or you walk into a room, only to forget why you’re there.

But “mommy brain” is more than a funny punch line. Experts say it’s a very real neurological issue resulting from powerful endocrine and brain chemistry changes (see, those lovely hormones at play again!). Luckily you can take steps to minimize the impact of mommy brain:

Trimester 1 ~ Start eating brain food Eating foods high in tryptophan ( a neurotransmitter that can boost brainpower), including oats, bananas and turkey, can improve memory. Apples, blueberries and onions contain a memory-boosting power… and lean protein foods (turkey, chicken breast) also help your brain work more efficiently…who knew?

Trimester 2 ~ Establish healthy sleep habits As little as 5 ½ hours straight can give you a full sleep cycle, which is ideal. If you’re still feeling drowsy, try a power nap: Research shows these quick snoozes can improve brain function and memory.

Trimester 3 ~ Develop a structure… Baby’s arrival can create organizational havoc. To prepare, get your home ready by deciding on a place to put your purse, keys, diaper bag and other essentials every time you walk in the door. Also, starting a list-making habit can be a lifesaver. Lists…lists…lists.

Throughout pregnancy~ Get your game on! Research shows that video games in which you problem solve or work through patterns, like Nintendo’s Brain Age, Popcap’s Bejeweled or your newspaper’s Sudoku puzzle, can improve memory and brain function.

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