A ‘Mommy Brain’ Story

A few evenings ago, I had to rush to our local No Frills to get something that I really badly needed to make dinner with. I waited impatiently for my husband to come home so that he can watch the kids while I am gone.  When he came home I told him that I needed to go to the store to buy essentials.

He called after me, “what do you need at this hour from there? Can’t you just make dinner with whatever we have here?”

Yeah right, coming from a guy who is so picky when it comes to food and give me baleful looks when he is not impressed by what he sees in the dinner table! I did not bother to answer him. I just got in my car and drove off to the store before it closes for the night.

My mommy brain story and the causes behind it

I made it in time and bustled my way through the customers to get my cart and in I went! Okay, here comes the fun part! I stopped dead in my tracks for a short while and racked my brain on why on earth  I was there at six in the evening when I should be at home making dinner for my family. I knew I was missing a key ingredient for the menu and I am here to get that but unfortunately, I forgot what it was! I did not have a habit of making a shopping list when there is not much to buy but for exactly that reason,  I forgot what to buy!

I wandered through the aisles hoping that it will come to my mind. Like you know, when I glance at the grocery shelves the required ‘stuff’ will magically jump out of somewhere. But obviously, it didn’t happen! I stayed around helpless for a while and then went to the frozen food section, bought a tub of Chapman’s  Ice cream and left the store. So much for doing the essential shopping! I knew the Ice cream is going to help me after I  have the ‘row’ with my husband for making this unwanted, untimely trip to the grocery store! And yes, the Ice cream did help after we had our ‘row’ later that night.

Anyways, the point is I do have issues with ‘Mommy Brain’ occasionally. Sometimes, this forgetfulness mess with trivial matters and sometimes major ones. Mommy brain pops out in the most unwanted situations like the one I mentioned before. It also ranges through small things like forgetting to finish the laundry and leaving all the clothes in the washer for days, not making to scheduled appointments on time, not showing up for dinner parties or other get-togethers as planned etc…etc..etc.. Yeah, let’s just stop there.

I am so embarrassed to mention some of the ‘other’ incidents related to this. The reason why I decided to write about Mommy Brain is because of a tidbit of information that I read in a magazine recently about our topic. Ha! I knew there was a perfectly scientific explanation for this! So, Mommies among you who are fighting this villain in their lives just like me, Hear!Hear!

Pregnancy just doesn’t change your body mechanism, it just rewires every last neuron that you own in that body! If this is any consolation, Researchers at England’s Hammersmith Hospital finds that the brains of healthy women shrink by up to six percent in their pregnant life! (how unfair is that?). This shrinkage is the culprit which causes my mommy brain issues and its consequences. Needless to say, it also creates a certain ‘fuzziness’ in the over all brain functionality. But on the good side, most of these brains recover their pre-pregnancy size twenty-four weeks after the baby’s birth! Don’t you lose your hearts, dear moms! Mommy brain doesn’t last forever!

Take a look at some other information that might be interesting to you which I found elsewhere:

  • Mac Master University did studies in 2010 and came out with some facts. Pregnant women are likely to be more vigilant and wary of male faces. Their theory is that it is mostly to avoid threat and violence from their counterparts since women are very vulnerable in their pregnant stage.
  • Pregnancy hormones charge up the prefrontal cortex. This is the part that allows the humans to multi-task (Now, are you thinking what  I am thinking? That is right, our husbands doesn’t even stand a chance when it comes to multi-tasking.They are HOPELESS)
  • Pregnant women release oxytocin during the labour and nursing. The secretion of this hormone makes them calmer and more trusting. (Hmmm…….)
  • A Yale University study in 2010 came out with a finding that mothers who showed a tremendous amount of positive emotion towards their babies (calling them  ‘beautiful’ and ‘perfect’) sets off structural changes in their brain, triggering its information processing capacity. (I have nothing to say that)
  • I am sure you must have heard this “First trimester is not a good time to travel”. There is also another reason unearthed from some scientific studies. That the pregnant women grow tense around strangers. This effect might also be linked to the fact that the body is immunosuppressed during the first trimester and ‘outsiders’ might harbour the germs which could be dangerous to the fetus.

Pregnancy and Motherhood are the most fascinating and the most amazing callings on earth. Sure, it does come with pros and cons as well. If this Mommy Brain is a con, my personal pro to counter that would be the Ice cream which I bought from that aimless night at the store. It really helped me not to wallow in self-pity but to stay in control and move on. Well, it was also an excuse to enjoy the premium quality chocolate fudge flavour, but that is beside the point.

… What is your ‘Mommy Brain’ story?  πŸ™‚



  1. Hi Vinma! Thanks so much for linking up with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party and for the follow…following back :))


  2. I have mommy brain all the time πŸ™‚ I write everything down so I don’t forget it, because if I don’t I won’t remember!

    1. yeah, it is the curse. Only consolation is that, as time passes it will get better, experts say. But what happens, when we get old πŸ™‚ hmm…something to think about.

  3. I had a mommy brain moment today! I knew what I wanted from the store, drove there, got out of the car… and luckily realized I’d forgotten my wallet before filling my cart!

  4. wow.. it is close to the mommy brain I explained here πŸ™‚ Tough life, huh? Thanks for visiting!!! πŸ™‚

  5. Mommy brain stinks! Sorry it got you. But, hey. At least you got ice cream. I think that was a fantastic way to happen that lost moment.

    Stopping by from SITS.

  6. I don’t have mommy brain (since my son is 18). However I am sooooo very forgetful. If I am running to the store for something. I must take a list or I WILL leave without what I need, and often that one thing is THE main thing I needed at the store. I also have to follow a routine that is pretty strict. Like when I come home, I immediately have to put my keys down before anything else. If someone even talks to me, I screw up. πŸ™‚

    1. That is hilarious… I wonder how similar we are!I forbid my mommy brain to evolve over time and turn to full fledged forgetfulness..only time would tell πŸ™‚

  7. I had a case of mommy brain yesterday while doing laundry. I go back to the basement to put the load in the dryer. But realized I didn’t shut the lid to the washer the last time I was down there.

    I am always having a case of mommy brain.

    1. I feel for you and I am in the same boat too πŸ™‚ Sometimes, forgetting certain things are a blessing, but not all the time…

    1. That one is familiar! Before going to bed at night, I keep on forgetting if I checked the front and back doors are locked or not. I do this few times before I settle down for the night πŸ™‚ Yeah, blame my brain!!!

  8. You’re doing great if you only have Mommy Brain moments on occasion! My youngest is nearly seven months old, and I still feel like I’m in a constant fog. Right now my Mommy Brain is preventing me from remembering a specific Mommy Brain moment…but they happen almost daily, I promise!

    1. Lol.. that is hilarious and very brutal, I must say πŸ™‚

      Why do we have to go through this???? πŸ™

  9. Mommy brain doesn’t go away. My youngest is almost 15 and I still have bouts of it. As mothers we have so much going on that I think our brains go into overdrive and things get misplaced, you forget what you went to the store for, you forget to turn on the oven before putting dinner into it and 45 minutes later you realize when its not cooked. I so related to your post, thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this πŸ™‚
      I know it is bad as it is with our hectic life and all and this mommy brain just makes it more worse. I feel for all Moms (including me) out there πŸ™

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