Apparently there is no such thing as Baby Brain. At least there is no evidence of any hormonal or other medical reason why pregnant women and new mums should be a bit, er, ditsier than normal but a lot of people claim it’s happened to them. So lets do a (not at all) scientific observational study. N=1 (me).
Evidence against the existence of the phenomenon known as Baby Brain:
The other night I had an almost perfectly sensible phone conversation with a friend while simultaneously:
- Bouncing a screaming baby
- Instructing my husband on how to make up gaviscon for said baby
- Correctly identifying assorted sea creatures on the DVD E was watching
- Making encouraging comments about the lobster song that ensued
Surely a fine example of higher cognitive feminine art of multi tasking, and not the least bit fluffy headed.
Evidence for the existence of the phenomenon known as Baby Brain:
1- When attempting to make a cup of tea I noticed my mug was still half full from last time and would need emptying out. However instead of doing this I waited until the kettle boiled and then poured all the water down the sink.
2- After using a knife to open a pack of chicken breasts I rested the knife on the baking tray so as not to get raw chicken on the worktop. Later that evening, while loading the dishwasher, I found the baked knife now melted into the shape of the baking tray
3- I planned to cook a ham on Christmas eve. The day before I got it out of the fridge to check it would fit in the pan. I then put the ham away in the pan drawer and the pan in the fridge*
In conclusion – baby brain may not be a medical condition, but after 3 months without a decent nights sleep it seems pretty real to me!
|a bit tired|
*Actually the pan didn’t quite make it to the fridge, my Mum caught me in the act and pointed out my mistake (after she’d stopped laughing)