Why do mothers suffer from postpartum forgetfulness?


Mum brain or mum-nesia is mothers’ postpartum amnesia, sometimes causing them trouble in life, but scientists insist it’s necessary.

Where does “Mum brain” come from?

According to Dr. Cornelia Chee, head of the Department of Medical Psychology at the National University Hospital of Singapore, “mum brain” is the result of a woman’s brain being affected by sleep disorders during pregnancy. pregnancy and child-rearing period.

Especially in the third trimester of pregnancy, a mother’s rest is often disrupted by discomfort, the need to go to the bathroom at night, and fetal movements in the womb. Even after giving birth, a mother can be bothered by problems such as breastfeeding at night or waking the baby.

Postpartum forgetfulness is a common phenomenon in most mothers. Illustration: iStock.

However, there have been about 20 different scientific studies that confirm that mothers’ postpartum amnesia is inevitable. Normally temporarily disrupted memory skills or abilities are actually replaced by other skills that are more useful to the mother role. Changes in the brain promote calmness and focus in stressful situations, the ability of babies to understand their needs based on crying alone, and alertness to potential dangers to their baby.

A recent study found that mothers with the greatest decrease in gray matter had the strongest relationships with their children.

How to deal with “mum brain”?

While there are some benefits, the truth is that postpartum amnesia is still interfering with a woman’s day-to-day activities. Here are some tips from experts to help reduce the negative effects of this phenomenon.

Get enough rest: Lack of sleep is a huge contributing factor to memory loss and impaired cognitive function.

Improve mental performance: consume foods rich in antioxidants, for example berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries) and stimulate the brain with games like Sudoku.

Make a list: write down the to-dos for the day, which you can combine with setting alarms or reminders to not miss any tasks.

Join a community: join a forum, a group of young mothers, chat with friends and family, or even just watch people’s videos or posts to know you’re not. single.

Be patient with yourself: most importantly, new mothers should try to take time for themselves each day to relax.

Your physical and mental health is of the utmost importance, so don’t be afraid to ask for help from friends, family or medical professionals if things get too difficult.

Ngoc Lan (According to CNA)

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