Decision Fatigue in Pregnancy

When you first found out you were pregnant, you probably never imagined how many decisions you’d have to make, and some rather quickly! Once the pregnancy test turns positive… so begins your parenting journey in a sense, and the decisions you make will dictate the proceeding steps. Where you once researched each product or piece of baby gear with precision, you suddenly have a uniform response of, “whatever!” This experience is oh so common, and we hear it all the time! By the time month 9 rolls around- many pregnant moms AND expectant dads have had their share of choices and decisions- that’s when something I refer to as “decision fatigue” during pregnancy creeps in.

While decision making might be unavoidable, because, well you are welcoming a new person into the world, we’ve put together some tips and strategies to help you through.

  1. Remember- “pregnancy brain” science is learning, is actually real. During pregnancy a mother’s brain does adjust and change to prepare for the needs and demands of the newborn. So be easy on yourself if you’re feeling forgetful.

  2. Enlist the help of your friends. If you find yourself scrolling online stores and blogs trying to figure out what baby gear to purchase, ask your friends (if they’re parents!) for recommendations on what you REALLY need to buy. An online tool called weeSpring can help as well.

  3. Save yourself the time of researching all the latest products. We love Jamie, The NYC Baby Guy- he researches all the newest products, so you don’t have to.

  4. Make lists. It’s the only way to keep track of what you’ve done, what you need to do and keep it prioritized. Some families use a spread sheet- but even sticky notes on the fridge can work just fine. I prefer to keep a list on the notepad in my phone- you’ll find what works for you.

  5. You don’t have to do it all before the baby is born. When it’s all said and done, what babies really need is a safe, loving home with attentive parents. You’ll need clothes, diapers, regular access to the breast if you’re breastfeeding, formula/bottles if you’re formula feeding and a safe place to set the baby down. In Finland, parents use boxes to keep their babies safe, so if you don’t have a crib yet, please don’t fret!

Jen Mayer