Once baby arrives, some changes are more obvious than others. Now that you're responsible for a tiny human, you have less time to do all those things you took for granted. (Ahem — sleeping in and rolling into a late brunch on Sundays.) Lazy Sundays aside, there are also physical changes women experience post-childbirth, and one of the most subtle shifts are the things that happen to your brain when you become a new mom. Unlike the outward changes you may notice your body experiencing, differences in your brain may slip under the radar if you don't recognize some signs.
Most of the changes are normal, and with time will adjust back to your pre-baby condition. Common symptoms like forgetfulness are associated with the way the brain is different after giving birth and are considered non-threatening. However, more intense changes can lead to serious conditions such as postpartum depression and should not be taken lightly when experienced. The best way to stay on top of your post-birth health, is to understand what is happening to your brain once you become a mother. Then you will have a way to gauge your symptoms if you feel like things are off.
If you're experiencing any of the following changes, you may just have a case of "Mom Brain." But if you feel your symptoms are serious, you should always consult your doctor.