This has been a post a long time in the making because I keep on forgetting to do it! ha ha Did you see what I did there?! Seriously though, my forgetfulness has been TERRIBLE lately! I was so happy when I made it through my whole pregnancy without having the dreaded “Mommy Brain” that I always heard so much about. I was on my game at work and in my home life and didn’t really notice to much of a difference in my brain function! Fast forward after baby and everything is referred to as “Hey honey. Can you grab me that thing over there that’s on the thing in the thing!” Seriously that is how I communicate now. It is awful and I get so frustrated when I can’t remember my words and obviously it annoys my husband too. He has stopped helping me out in hopes that I will find the words myself. I don’t blame him! I need help!
A lot of people say that it’s all in your head but I don’t agree with that. I think it has to do with a lot of things and the fact that being a new mommy comes with a lot of physical and mental changes. Lack of sleep, improper nutrition and lack of physical activity can all contribute to a not so sharp mind. I have done research and found some great tips and tricks that you can start implementing right after you read this to start seeing results! And who knows, maybe “Honey can you please pass the thing” may actually be replaced with “Honey can you please pass me the salt” in the near future!
Here are some helpful tips for keeping you on your A game because we all know that moms never take a day off.
1. Sleep – I know this one can be tough but try to get any sleep you can especially in the beginning. Sleep when your little one sleeps and try to squeeze in any cat nap you can. Eventually the sleep will get better.
2. Be Active – Physical activity is so important and it keeps our minds oxygenated. I know some days it’s the last thing you may think of doing but it can be as simple as taking your baby for a stroller ride. Just get out there and get your heart going if even for 20 minutes. Isla and I have a nice routine before bed. We take an evening stroll, she talks to all the trees and birds around her and it relaxes her before bed and I feel better. It’s a win win!
3. Routine – This is right up my alley but I realize it may not be for everyone but it can really help with mommy brain. Structure is key to helping you remember things. Write everything down and use lists. It will help I swear and the best part of lists is you get to check things off afterwards!
4. Brain Workouts – It may sound silly but your brain is like every other muscle in your body and it needs to be worked out. Do crossword puzzles or brainteasers. Work on your times tables like you did in school. Read a book, even a magazine. Anything to get your brain thinking.
5. Foods, Spices and Healthy Fats – We all know how important it is to eat healthy but sometimes it’s easier said than done…especially when you may only have a minute to yourself in a day, the last thing you want to do is cook a meal. So what do we resort too?! Processed and greasy take out food! Try to incorporate more good for you foods like blueberries which are an amazing antioxidant and have powerful anti-imflammatories that boost memory. Or try cauliflower and broccoli to improve your memory performance. Spices such as cinnamon and turmeric are both great for cognitive development and don’t forget about your omega’s! Jamieson Vitamins have a great Omega 3-6-9 supplement. I have been taking these daily and already notice a difference.
I hope these tips have been helpful for you. Have you ever experienced “mommy brain” while you were pregnant or after the fact? Any forgetful moments you would like to share or tips that helped you through? I would love to hear your stories!