If you've had a baby, you've probably experienced at least one "mommy brain" moment. Like the time you locked your keys and your baby in the house, left your car running in the parking lot, lost your purse god knows where, or forgot to pick your baby up from day care. Yeah, I've done all of those things. I swear it wasn't my fault, though. I was exhausted, overwhelmed, and suffering from a short attention span. So to every mom with mommy brain: I believe you. I believe you, and there are a few things that you, and the people around you, should absolutely know.
Being a new mom is hard enough without feeling like you're losing your damn mind. In my opinion, trying to care for another mini-human while you're stressed, foggy, and exhausted, is a recipe for disaster. And while it's funny to hear about a tired mom leaving her car keys in the refrigerator or forgetting her baby's name (I'm guilty of both), the same brain fog and exhaustion could be deadly, especially when you consider how dangerous driving while drowsy can be, or the tragic consequences of distraction, like infants dying in hot cars.
Is there a cure for mommy brain? The "remedy," it seems, is social support from friends and family, which can help new moms cope with stress, get more sleep, and weather the challenges of new motherhood. Unfortunately, when you are a new mom it can feel overwhelming to leave the house or ask for help, which makes it hard to get the support you need. Which is why I want moms suffering from mommy brain to know that I see you, I hear you, I believe you, I support you, and I know the following to be absolutely true: