Submitted by yogabellymama on Sat, 11/24/2018 - 23:33
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Mommy Brain – is this a real thing?

Pregnant or just had your baby and feel like you can’t string two sentences together or remember what you ate for dinner last night?  I’ve been doing some research and it seems that “mommy brain” is a real thing.  Researchers from the Autonomous University of Barcelona have published data showing that brain activation patterns change in women during motherhood and can last up to 2-years postpartum.   

We are always talking about how our bodies are AMAZING in yoga.  We grow a baby, we birth a baby, and now researchers are suggesting pregnancy must change or help women’s brains adapt for motherhood.  They also studied fathers but didn’t see the same changes in their brains.  Researchers suspect that these brain changes may indicate some changes in a mother’s social cognition, but further data is really needed to understand what these changes truly mean.

This is good news.  We aren’t just getting forgetful during motherhood, our bodies might be adjusting to allow us to function and take care of this newborn baby in the first few years of this baby’s life.  Even better news is that while some changes can last up to 2 years, it looks like there may be hope in getting some of our brain power back. 

Share some of your mommy brain moments, I’m sure we can all relate.