Mommy brain is an unexpected and frustrating side effect of having kids. After you give birth, it will seem like you pushed your brain out with the baby. In fact, I almost forgot to write this post! We’re not sure if it’s giving birth that actually causes mommy brain or simply the chronic exhaustion. Either way, you will likely experience some real side effects from this phenomenon. Mommy brain can cause some or all of the following: forgetfulness, no word recall, stuttering, lack of focus, inability to complete a task and a massive drop in IQ. Basically, you’re going to be a total dumbass! If this sounds like you, Mensa called and they want your membership card back! The good news is, mommy brain is only temporary and by “temporary” we mean anywhere from two to four years.
Signs That You Are Suffering From Mommy Brain:
- You receive a text from your girlfriend right after dropping your older child at preschool. It is a picture of your baby stroller still sitting in the middle of the parking lot. At least you didn’t leave the baby inside!
- You find yourself asking, “What’s that word when you know a lot of words.” For those of you currently suffering from mommy brain, the answer is vocabulary.
- Having eyeliner only on one eye.
- Standing in front of the pantry or fridge wondering what you are looking for.
- Being unable to find your sunglasses while they’re sitting on your head, your car keys while the car is running, or your cell phone while you’re talking on it. All of these can and have occurred.
Mommy brain may in fact be a biological protective measure put in place to dumb down mothers for the first couple years after giving birth. Changing diapers, feeding and burping your child won’t take a ton of brainpower and being in a mommy brain haze will help you muddle through it. If ignorance really is bliss, you will be happy as a clam. Although you may be too tired to take on a full-length book right away, it may be a good idea to pick up a magazine and read an article now and then. Shoot for a topic other than parenthood and babies since you will get plenty of hands-on experience in these departments the other 23 ¾ hours of your day. Another idea to combat mommy brain is to buy a book of crossword puzzles. Your word recall will suffer horribly, so exercising your mind with a crossword once in a while wouldn’t hurt. By the way, these are the exact techniques that nurses teach the elderly to avoid dementia and Alzheimer’s. Please be advised, none of these techniques are a cure for mommy brain, they are merely exercises to help lessen the effects. The only real cure is time. As your baby gets older and you get more rest, you will gradually improve.