You’ve left your car keys in the fridge, milk in the cupboard and mustard in your purse (again). Ugh. The joys of mommy brain. But there is a silver lining. According to researchers, women of newborns may be forgetful in certain areas of daily life, but when it comes to caring for their newborn, they are “hyper vigilant.”
The Upside to Mommy Brain
“It turns you into someone who serves that little infant, to keep it alive no matter what,” says Neuropsychiatrist Louann Brizendine, author of The Female Brain. “Other parts of your brain that are usually on high alert are sort of taken offline.” Women don’t get dumber after childbirth. Instead, like sleep-deprived medical residents who learn on the job, their brains are getting a workout. “You are learning a lot,” she says. “Once your mommy brain gets readjusted, you get more efficient, and you become smarter and learn things faster, but it won’t happen all at once.”
If you want to get a jump on tackling “momnesia,” diet could be the answer. Stock up on these 7 natural brain boosters.
Whole grains release a steady flow of glucose to the blood and brain, providing moms with much needed energy to focus throughout the busy days of mommyhood.
Nuts are loaded with vitamin E to boost cognitive function.
Oily Fish is packed with omega-3 fatty acids that are believed to protect the brain.
Blueberries contain powerful antioxidants believed to improve or delay short-term memory.
Pumpkin seeds are loaded with zinc, which is a natural memory enhancer.
Broccoli is a great source of vitamin K that is known to improve cognitive function.
Dark chocolate (yep, we saved the best for last) can reduce and even reverse oxidative damage to brain cells, which can lead to mental deterioration.