Momnesia

is what they are calling it when new mums are focussed so much on their baby’s needs that other parts of the brain take a back seat and they can’t remember things.

Anxiety takes up a lot of the brain’s attention and stress shortens attention spans.

Breast-feeding prolongs the effect but after that there’s every chance that the mums will be even smarter having given their brains a bit of a work-out.

Shortage of sleep is the likely cause of memory loss although it can also be caused by neurological and psychiatric conditions, alcoholism, and sleep apnea.

Recent research has shown that it’s the frequent interruptions that new mums suffer that causes the problem even when the total hours of sleep are the same.

The researchers say sleep continuity is critical for memory.


So don’t rely on your memory but keep a notepad to jot down your “to do” list.

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