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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Baby Brain - Guest Post : Glowless

Brain: AWOL
Research published in April last year by Professor Christensen at the Centre for Mental Health Research in Canberra has concluded that neither pregnancy nor motherhood had a “detrimental effect on cognitive capacity”. In layman's terms: Baby Brain does NOT exist! Instead the study states that any 'mumnesia' effects felt by pregnant women are caused because we expect to get it.
What about me? I thought I'd get the Glow and that turned out to be bullshit definitely wasn’t a self-fulfilling prophesy.
I also thought that Baby Brain was just an excuse that pregnant women used to excuse themselves when they did something silly. In general, preggos have a lot on their plate what with impending doom birth, so it seems natural that a few things would slip their mind. Surely this could be kept under check with a good diary though? Well that's what I thought, and my diary has all my appointments listed and, I'm slightly ashamed to admit, colour coded. Turns out, that pink highlighter wasn't worth the $1.50 I spent on it.
My brain went AWOL – don’t believe the rumours, it was there, I promise.


I've always taken a bit of pride in being known as a smart ass chick Even around my closest circle of friends where I'm the only one that didn't finish a university degree, I can still 'talk the talk and walk the walk' with them, never feeling out of place…
But since Tricky came along I have found myself not being able to spell or even do simple maths. For example; working 10am – 4pm recently I complained that I wouldn't get a lunch break because I was only working five hours, not the necessary five and half that warrants a meal break, and how ever was I to survive? Only to have it pointed out that it was six hours and I was therefore at little risk of fainting through lack of food. Lack of intelligence, maybe.
So if I'm acting this way and didn't expect to be, do my actions prove Professor Christensen wrong?
I started doing my own research (well I didn't go out and interview people, I just Googled it) because if there is one thing you can count on with science, it’s that the opposite conclusion has been reached by someone else.
A 2002 study from Hammersmith Hospital in London used brain scanning of women before and during pregnancy to discover an average brain size decrease of 4%. Our brain cells are shrivelling up!
A study of the brains of rats in 2008 by the University of Richmond, Virginia, discovered some things that mothers have known for centuries. Mother rats became braver (don't mess with my kid), five times faster at finding food (can anyone say Chocolate Magnum?), and had better spatial awareness (the eyes in the back of the head phenomenon) than the non-mummy rats.


So what do you believe? Did you suffer from 'mumnesia'? Do you not have to turn around before saying “Put that down”? And more importantly will my ability to sniff out an unopened pack of Mint Slices at 50 paces deteriorate when Tricky grows up?



Glowless is a married 20-something finding her way through motherhood, the blogosphere and freelance makeup artistry. She indulges in too much wine, is addicted to social media and sometimes snorts when she laughs. She blogs over at Where’s My Glow? when she should be cleaning the house.

6 comments:

  1. I am an absolute believer in Baby Brain!! And the shrinking brain study doesn't surprise me, I'm sure I got stupider after each child.

    Add to that - sleep deprivation, incessant crying/whinging/screaming, fumes from revolting nappies, lack of adult conversation and it's any wonder we can still spell our own names!!

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  2. my youngest is 3 and i forget things all the time. So a big *F* YOU to that stupid professor that has never squeezed an 8pound baby through their vagina. Cannot wait until technology allows the blokes to gestate and deliver.

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  3. I think my baby brain saved itself up and is hitting me now 3 fold. Plus, I'm also waiting my glow..waiting..

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  4. I had sat with calendar in hand to schedule the Baby Brain guest posts - still, the next one came out a day early. Then I got all dyslexic with the TV remote and had to call #1 Hubby and ask why I couldn't get channel 21 (which does not exist...). Then I forgot my parents' PO Box address at the post office while addressing a parcel - the place where I grew up, the postal address that hasn't changed in my 25(ish) years of life on this planet. These Baby Brain moments all happened to me yesterday. My youngest babies turned 2 in January. Fingers crossed it goes away before I turn senile and it all starts again in that form.

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  5. I think my baby brain saved itself up and is hitting me now 3 fold. Plus, I'm also waiting my glow..waiting..

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  6. my youngest is 3 and i forget things all the time. So a big *F* YOU to that stupid professor that has never squeezed an 8pound baby through their vagina. Cannot wait until technology allows the blokes to gestate and deliver.

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