Memory For Mommies

... Cutting through the Fog of Motherhood

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Memory Help

Overcoming Momnesia

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Momnesia! What is it? The term momnesia is a term first coined by pediatrician Dr. Tanya Altman. Momnesia refers to the memory challenges mommies face in their 26th week of conception through the first 6-12 months of motherhood. Additional insight was revealed by neuropsychiatrist Dr. Louann Brizendine. Brizendine is the founder of the Women’s and Teen Girls’ Mood and Hormone Clinic at the University of California, San Francisco and author of The Female Brain. In her book, Dr. Brizendine discusses the impact of the biological and hormonal changes motherhood brings. For example, she says a big boost in the feel-good hormone oxytocin and other changes contribute to a shift in a mother’s priorities. Dr. Brizendine, who jokingly refers to the entry to motherhood as the “invasion of the brain snatchers” writes, “The parts of the brain responsible for focus and concentration are preoccupied with protecting and tracking the newborn for the first six months.” She elaborates the additional oxytocin released during breast feeding can “heighten and prolong this unfocused state.” The severity varies from mom to mom.

 

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Holiday Foods that Improve Memory

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The holidays are a special time where we relive traditions, focus on family, and give thanks to what we have. It is also a time where we recall fond memories and partake in our favorite holiday foods. Very rarely do we choose holiday foods (and recipes) on the basis of how they improve our family's health and our memory. The reality is that most holiday foods can be both a source of joy and memory improvement. The key is just choosing the right foods and reducing (not eliminating) the three counter agents that negatively impact the nutritional benefits: Sugar, Butter, and Salt. Below are some traditional holiday foods that can help our memory and brain health.

 

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Use the Link System to Improve Grocery Shopping

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A mother’s memory is challenged every day. Even the simplest tasks like grocery shopping become more difficult accomplish as new family additions and new tasks are added to the daily grind. One method that can be used to improve recall is the Link system. 

 

The Link system is a proven system that has many uses including grocery lists, to-do lists, stops on a trip, recalling numbers, and other tasks. The reason it's called the link system is because you link all of your list items together in a story or picture.  It requires you to utilize both sides of your brain which creates stronger memory pods. Key steps include: 

 

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Jogging Your Memory

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We all have moments in the day where we mentally lose it.  forgetfulnessWe misplace our  purse.  We lose a vital phone number.  We forget a familiar person's name. In many cases we freak out, beat ourselves up and fear that we are losing it.  Don't worry... here are some tips to help you jog your memory. 

 

1) Relax - Instead of freaking out and beating yourself up (we're oh so good at that), sit back, take some deep breaths and relax. Relaxing improves blood flow to the brain and gets those synapses working again. It’s all happened to us… we get halfway to work, we finally relax, and we have our epiphany… “It’s on the night stand!” 

 

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