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Did you run inside your house to grab your forgotten keys, only to forget what you came inside for?  You may have a case of momnesia, more often referred to as, “pregnancy brain”.

But is there really such a thing?

Talk to any pregnant woman and she may convince you that, yes, pregnancy brain is real! However there is conflicting research done on the topic.  Helen Christensen of The Australian National University says,  “The evidence from our study shows that the capacity of the brain is unaltered in pregnancy”, but we’re not fully convinced.  There are many other changes that occur during pregnancy that can cause a women to feel a little less on top of things, even if their is no actual change in the brain.

It’s obviously 100% normal and expected to forget a few things here and there when you are running on little sleep, working with a crowded schedule, and growing a baby.  As your body adjusts to satisfying it’s newest passenger, things are sure to get hectic. Your hormones are trying to balance out and priorities are shifting.  Hormones can also affect spatial memory (the part of the brain that remembers where things are) in pregnant women and new moms. And believe it or not your brain-cell volume actually decreases during the third trimester of pregnancy which could have something to do with why you’re so forgetful!

What can help you ask?

Taking Omega-3 for pregnancy (containing EPA and DHA) can help keep your hormones balanced, as well as aid in brain function. Research shows EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) supports the heart, immune system, brain, eyes, and central nervous system; which is why it’s uniquely important for pregnant and lactating women.  The right amount of Omega-3 is essential to maintaining the balanced production of the hormone-like substances called prostaglandins. Prostaglandins help regulate many important functions of your body including blood pressure, nerve transmission and the production of other hormones.

Another practical tip to help with your momnesia, is try writing things down. Whether you’re a list maker, chart developer, or just need to jot it down, research shows that when women write down things they need to do, they are more likely to accomplish those tasks.

But most importantly have fun with it! You may never get to have another excuse as to why you left your keys in the freezer.

Summer heat

Surviving the summer is hard enough.  But add a baby bump into the mix, and you might start feeling like you are an actual oven baking your bun!  Here are a few ways you can survive the summertime and make the most of your pregnancy.

Stay Hydrated

It’s hard enough during your pregnancy to make sure you are getting enough water; let alone replacing what you’ve lost due to dehydration.  You should try to drink 8, 8 ounce glasses of water daily; but if you’re out in the heat, you may need more.  Doctor’s suggest for every hour you are in the heat, drink an additional 8 ounces to help replenish your system.

Sick of water?  Try juices that are low in sugar, iced decaf coffee, or even homemade popsicles.  If you’re using Promise Prenatal Vitamins, you can open the capsule and add the contents to a smoothie!

Kick up Your Heels

As your pregnancy continues, you may experience swelling in your legs and feet.  The summer heat only compounds this issue.  Try to prop your legs up whenever, and however, you can!  Not enough?  Try dipping your legs into cool water, or place ice packs on them if the pain persists.  Doctor’s also suggest reducing the amount of sodium in your diet will help ease swelling.  Still swollen?  Have hubby grab some lotion (peppermint feels great) and get to work massaging those legs.

Find a Watering Hole

Show off that cute baby bump and find a pool to dip in.  Whether it’s a kiddy pool, or an Olympic sized pool, swimming helps reduce your body temperature when it’s hot outside.  Not only does it cool you down, but the weightlessness you’ll feel will help relieve any aches or pains.

Cabin Fever?

Sick of staying cooped up in your house all day?
Go check out you local art gallery.  Wander around the mall.  Watch the newest released movie.  Being pregnant doesn’t mean you have to stay home!  Explore your city, and see what indoors attractions you can find.

Lightweight clothing

Find cute styles in breathable, light colored clothing.  Cotton and linen help keep your body cool, all while preventing sweat, which can gather in uncomfortable areas and cause rashes.

Product Ambassador, Kate Rist

At Promise Prenatal, we are always looking for new ways to connect with our moms and moms-to-be.  With over 85% of the Promise Team being women, we know what our moms feel and understand  their  uncompromising passion for a healthy pregnancy and beyond.  We also recognize the value of community and through social outlets, we are able to provide a place for women to connect and share in the incredible wonder of motherhood.  We are beyond excited to introduce to you our newest Product Ambassador and Promise Mama, Kate Rist!  This first time mom-to-be will give us a peak into the bump life,  share products she loves, as well as inspire us with her DIY re-purposing and budget friendly decorating tips.

Here is a little about Kate!

Hello there, my name is Kate. I am super excited to be joining this amazing team, and to share my journey with all of you lovelies!  I am married to my husband A.J., for 4 years in September and I am pregnant with our first little miracle.  He/she is expected to arrive at the end of December.  We are so excited to be parents of this sweet little one, and to share life with him/her!  I am a first time mama, and I couldn’t be more thankful for this answered prayer. (Squeeeelll) I’m a little excited if you can’t tell!  I am so grateful to be able to share such a special time for us with all of you. I am looking forward to learning and growing into the mom God wants me to be. So, here is to the belly life, and the soon to be mom life!

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