Friday, 26 January 2018

Let’s Talk Baby Brain: The Things That You Don’t Want To Forget*

It is a well-known fact that during pregnancy your whole body changes, and as does your mental state. For many mums, pregnancy has a huge impact on their mental health. For some this leads to anxiety and depression, for others, it simply causes baby brain. Believe it or not, baby brain - AKA being super forgetful - is a real thing.

The thing about baby brain is that there is a common misconception that it only affects pregnant women, not new mothers but this is not the case. According to experts, baby brain is closely linked to all of the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy, as well as after child birth. However, the reason that baby brain tends to get worse after child birth is simply due to a lack of sleep. The fact is that sleep deprivation adds to baby brain, making it more prominent than ever.

Those first few weeks of motherhood are never going to be easy, in fact, they will most probably be some of the most stressful (and happiest) weeks of your life. Of course, the issue with baby brain is that it can make you incredibly forgetful, meaning that you may end up forgetting some important things.

As a new mum, you have a lot to remember, and forgetting things is not ideal, so to help make life that little bit easier for you, below is a list of the things that you don’t want to forget to do after giving birth to your little one.

Book a baby photoshoot

Those first few weeks of parenthood are going to go by in a flash, which is why it is so important to capture them. Don’t leave it too long to book that newborn baby photo shoot. Otherwise, your little bundle won’t be a newborn anymore. If you leave it too long, you will miss out on capturing some of the most precious moments of all with your new addition, which is why this should be at the very top of your post-birth list. Don’t have time to deal with finding and booking a photographer? Ask your partner or a family member to deal with it for you - they should be more than happy to help.

Write down your birth story

When it comes to how you gave birth, you may not want to remember it. This is particularly true if it was a traumatic birth. However, the fact is that you may want to remember how you brought your little bundle of joy into the world, and writing it down is a great way to do that. Sit down while he or she naps and spend some time getting all of the most important details down, so that should you want to reminisce in the future, or tell your child about how they came into the world, you can do.

Get on birth control

Did you know that after giving birth you become super fertile? All those hormones buzzing around your body increase your fertility by a large amount, which means that unless you want to get pregnant anytime soon, you need to get on birth control as soon as possible. There are lots of options to choose from, from the implant and IUD to birth control pills, for example, Microgynon is a common combined contraceptive pill that a lot of women choose to use. It’s important to think about what would work best for you - this is something that you can discuss with your doctor. If you used a certain form of birth control before getting pregnant, you might want to go back on this one again - it is totally up to you. You may not be thinking of being intimate with your partner anytime soon - doctors recommend waiting at least six weeks anyhow - but just in case you are, remember to take birth control seriously.

Send birth announcements

The chances are that everyone who you know is waiting patiently for their birth announcement. You might have already posted on Facebook about the arrival of your little one, but it’s still nice to send out little keepsakes in the form of announcements to family and friends. You can choose to create these yourself, or if time it tight, which it most probably is, you can order them online.

Register the birth

You have to register your little one’s birth within a set period of time. In the UK you have 42 days - six weeks - to register your child’s birth. So make sure to put this on your to-do list, as the last thing that you want is to fail to register their birth in time. After the 42 days are up, the whole process becomes much more expensive and costly, so make sure to register them within six weeks of their birth.

Give yourself time to adjust

The fact is that motherhood is not something that you glide seamlessly into, despite what you might have seen on the TV and in movies. Life as a parent is not always easy, and it can take a lot of adjusting too. Everything changes the moment that you become a parent, but that doesn’t mean that you are ready for those changes. The fact is that you need to give yourself and your partner time to adjust to becoming parents. It may be a slow adjustment, but don’t worry, you will get there.

Becoming a parent is totally and completely amazing, it is also very stressful and tiring, which is why baby brain is so common. The chances are that for the first 18-25 weeks of your little one’s life you will be quite forgetful, but that is totally normal. However, that being said, you don’t want to forget to do important things, do you? So it is a good idea to make a list of everything that you need to do so that nothing gets forgotten. Hopefully, the suggestions above will help to get you started. You will love being a parent; it may just take a little time to adjust fully to all the changes.

*Disclaimer: Collaborative content.

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