We are not supporting this browser


      “Pregnancy brain” or “Baby brain”

      Pregnant businesswoman with computer at office

      Have you become extra forgetful during your pregnancy? Have you forgotten appointments? Or what you walked into the shop for? Where you left your keys, or whether or not you turned off the immersion?  “Pregnancy brain” or “baby brain” is real (you’re not losing it!).  And it’s completely and utterly normal.

      And if you think delivering your gorgeous baby means an automatic return to your former mental self, think again- unfortunately it can affect your postpartum brain as well.

      What causes it?

      Again, it’s just your pregnancy hormones causing havoc! Only this time at the expense of your memory.  Sleep deprivation can also play a role (getting a night’s sleep while pregnant isn’t easy), and all your energy is going to your growing little one-which is what your brain needs to stay focused. Believe it or not your brain-cell volume actually decreases during the third trimester(which could explain why you can’t remember what you just read about in that last paragraph). Not to worry, your brain will be back in working order in a few months after the birth of your little one.

      A few months? Unfortunately yes, when your little one is born, the stress of taking care of a newborn can sometimes consume your brain- worrying about keeping your baby alive and well-fed! But once you settle in and adjust to being a Mum, your brain will get back to its normal self! Getting more of that ever-elusive sleep will also help.

      What you can do in the meantime:

      Laugh it off! It’s just another wonderful quirk of expecting!

      If you need to, take advantage of a few memory joggers- get crazy with some post-its or pop some reminders in your phone!

      Any more questions?

      Our specialist baby advisors and experienced mums are here to talk and ready to help whenever you need them. You can call us or reach us on Live Chat 8.30am-5.30pm Monday-Friday.

      Join the C&G baby club today

      Join the C&G baby club today

      • Weekly emails with tips and advice for your stage
      • 1-to-1 support from our dedicated Careline team, 8.30am - 5.30pm Monday to Friday.
      Join us now

      More from pregnancy

      Your privacy is important to us and therefore we would like to explain how we use cookies on this website. With your consent, we will use cookies to measure and analyse how our website is used (analytical cookies), to tailor it to your interests (personalisation cookies), and to show you relevant advertising and information (targeting cookies) we think you will like. For more information please read the cookie statement.

      Privacy Settings

      You can choose your preferences anytime for cookies and tracking. For more information please read our cookie policy

      • Strictly necessary

        They are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services (setting your privacy preferences, logging in, filling in forms, etc.). You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work.

      • Analytical cookies

        They allow us to count visits and traffic sources, to measure and improve the performance of our site. They show us which pages are the most and least popular and how visitors move around the site. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.

      • Personalisation cookies

        They enable website’s enhanced functionality and personalization. They may be set by us or by third parties whose services we have added to our pages. If you do not allow these cookies, some or all of these services may not function properly.

      • Targeting cookies

        They may be set through our site by our advertising partners, to build a profile of your interests and to show you relevant adverts on other sites. They do not store directly personal information, but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.