This morning while sitting at a stoplight I observed a funny (to me) sight. A woman was at a veterinarian office and went in with a baby carrier but no pet. It made me giggle a little out loud thinking, is she at the wrong place, did she leave her pet at home and bring her baby to the vet? Having two children of my own I know how scatterbrained I can be about things and end up driving right past where I was supposed to be going or forget to go at all. I blame it on my children and say the pregnancy depleted my brain cells! But have you ever wondered why some mothers are like this? I mean, think about it… what really makes us moms put the cereal box in the fridge and the milk carton in the cabinet? Our children didn’t really suck out brain cells out, making us stupid. So what makes us like this?
According to WebMD being pregnant doesn’t really make you stupid but it may affect how sharp you are mentally. Some of the factors that lead us to not being so quick on our toes could be stress…..stress?! Really?! Who’s stressed with feedings, naps (or power naps if you have that kind of little angel), diaper changing, cleaning, cooking, and everything else that goes along with Motherhood! Lack of sleep is another cause. Yes those moms that tell you to nap when the baby naps and the laundry & dishes can wait aren’t just feeding you a bunch of bull! Go to bed ladies! When the kids are down for the night, DVR your favorite shows and get some sleep! You can watch them the next day. And hormones! What?! A pregnant lady with hormones….Nooooo. Yes, it is a fact that your body produces up to 40 times more progesterone & estrogen and those my dears affects your circuits!
So what can you do to help ease your Momnesia? ASK FOR HELP! Ask your spouse to take the baby so you can take a nap. If your spouse is unavailable ask someone you trust so that you can relax and get a good nap. Keep a notepad with you or in each room that you frequent. Jot down things that you think of whether is what you need from the grocery store or things you remembered you need to do around the house.
If your Momnesia is getting to the point where you forget to put your clothes on or forgetting to take little Jimmy to daycare then you should probably consult with your doctor. Otherwise get some rest, make your lists, and enjoy being a mother. Oh and don’t forget write down some of your Momnesia moments to share…….if you can remember them!