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Sorry Moms, Scientists Prove “Mom Brain” Is a Real Thing– Ouch
Nov 30, 2017
Feeling frazzled and scatterbrained lately? If you have kids, chances are you have "mom brain." The once joked-about condition for women everywhere who have felt a bit discombobulated at the school drop-off or during daily routines that should be easy has now been proven to be a real thing. Seriously. Mom brain is an honest-to-God thing now. Scientists and studies have said so.
Mom Brain. Chances are you don't need an explanation, but for the sake of being thorough here, we're going to give one. The "mom brain" is the state in which women's brains go through a noticeable change after having children. It causes you to feel foggy, confused, overwhelmed, anxiety-ridden, scatterbrained, and on a constant level of manic survival mode. Sound fun?
What It's Like. Mom brain makes you forgetful. It makes you feel like you can't make a single declarative sentence without making a mistake so you begin mumbling or shouting unidentifiable words, depending on the level you have reached in that moment. It changes.
It Begins With One. Mom brain isn't limited to moms of multiple children either. It begins after your first child. The stress of keeping that tiny bundle alive does frightening things to your brain. Trust us.
Worse With More? The jury is still out on whether or not the level of fogginess is peaked after a set number of children, but it would seem that after a certain point moms just reach a state of permanent neurosis. Or numbness. If you're lucky.
Is It Truly Stress? So what is it that actually causes the "mom brain" and why has it been the butt of so many jokes? Well, for starters, the greatest "jokes" tend to be those with roots in the truth. Mom brain is a very real thing and is highly relatable. So naturally we laugh at it, right?
Better Way To Cope? Well honestly, is there a better way to cope with something than to laugh at it? The truth is, scientists have recently done studies proving the mom brain is a very real thing indeed. Laugh on, ladies. We already knew that, right?
The Science Behind The Condition. Researchers have recently released the findings of their studies showing the link between childbirth and changed brain activity in women. And it starts after kid #1.
Why Does It Happen? According to researchers, there are several factors involved with the mom brain. The first and most evident found was the actual physical size of women's brains after childbirth.
Brain Shrink. Researchers found that women's brains actually shrunk in size following childbirth. Seriously. Our brains get smaller after having kids. Lovely.
Permanent. Not only are our brains smaller after childbirth, the studies actually found that they stayed that way for years after childbirth. The evidence points to a permanent downsizing of brain capacity after having kids. Somehow the shrinkage is actually thought to be a good thing.
Relatable Mommas. The shrinkage, though it sounds awful is said to be a positive effect on motherhood. "That reduction in brain size sounds bad, but was actually related to better mother-child interactions," one researcher stated.
Hormonal Fluctuations. The other major player that contributes to mom brain is the hormones. Hormone levels change dramatically during and after childbirth and cause a change in the way our brains function.
The Levels. According to scientists, the hormone levels soar during and after pregnancy. "Depending on the hormone, you're talking 200 to 300 times normal levels for months at a time," one researcher noted.
What Does That Do? The function of the soaring hormones, believe it or not, does serve a specific purpose. It is believed that the higher levels of testosterone cause our brains to kick into gear for "mommy mode". "You need to learn a host of new behaviors in order to ensure the survival of your offspring," according to the study.
Respect The Mommas. Other studies have actually linked certain cells from the growing fetus inside a mother's womb to her brain function by way of actually traveling to her brain and merging with her existing cells. Meaning, parts of your children actually merge with parts of the mother during pregnancy. The process is actually being studied for its effects on healthier brains and fighting Alzheimer's disease. Go mom! Rock that mom brain!