Where Are My Keys? Oh, The Fridge.Momnesia is a real thing, y'all. Did you know a mother's brain shrinks during pregnancy? And, according to scientific studies, stays that way for at least two years after that? Yep. Hormonal changes that happen during pregnancy and childbirth can affect brain function and "neuroplasticity" later in life. So, there's a darn good reason we can't remember what day it is and drove all the way to the grocery store in our slippers.
Our society loves to joke about the effect of excess hormones in women, and new research shows there is truth in the idea that moms, after being exposed to basically a metric ton of estrogen and progesterone during pregnancy, experience impaired memory and mental clarity post-baby. Many (ourselves included!) can have periodic trouble recalling their baby daddy's name or where they are supposed to be on Tuesday (despite having it written in three different calendars).
So next time you leave your keys in the fridge, don't feel bad. If you've birthed a baby, or are about to, you have a splendid excuse. Chin up and laugh it off. You are and will always be a ROCK STAR.
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