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Congratulations! It's a Brain!
If spending hours a day saying things like “coochie coochie coo”, “ba-ba”, “blankie wankie” and other baby talk babble leaves you feeling mindless by bedtime, fear not. You're actually getting smarter!
In her book The Mommy Brain, Katherine Ellison cites research which shows that motherhood increases a woman’s mental capacity in many ways (we know your sleep-deprived mind can hardly imagine it, but stay with us here.) Because being a mother is the most challenging job of a woman’s life, women are biologically programmed to rise to the occasion. Some ways in which a mother’s mind improves are increased alertness, empathy and efficiency.
Chemicals are released into a mother’s brain that allow her to have superpowers—like risking her life for her child, and multi-tasking like nobody’s business. While some of these brain transformations, such as heightened sensory awareness, only seem to last until a baby is grown up, other super mom powers, like greater empathy and assertiveness, seem to remain with a woman well after her bird has left the nest.
Have you noticed an increase in your brainpower since giving birth? What new mom superpowers have you acquired?