There is a cause and a solution.
Mommy Brain. A term used by to describe how many women feel after pregnancy and nursing. And many report the symptoms get worse with the more children they have. Forgetfulness. Confusion. You spend five minutes looking for your phone while you are talking on your phone. Stop talking mid-sentence because you forget what you were saying. You can’t shop without a list. You find your milk in the pantry.
Though this might seem funny at first, it can become a scary experience as “mommy brain” seems to creep into more aspects of your life. And let’s face it, the demands and lack of sleep while raising children can stress any brain out. But what if there was a physiological reason for “mommy brain” that is fixable? What if you can get your pre-pregnancy brain back?
To understand how this is possible we have to start by understanding a crucial nutrient and how its used in LARGE amounts in pregnancy and lactation. Phosphatidylcholine or PC is made from, choline, is a B-vitamin derivative that is attached to a phospholipid (think fat). PC is used for three crucial systems in the body as described below.
1. Cell Membranes
This is BIG one! As humans, we are made up of TRILLIONS of cells with TRILLIONS of cell membranes. Just like a medieval city has a brick wall surrounding the city to protect it and allow it to thrive, our cells have membranes around them to protect and control the flow of substances in and out of the cell. And the main building block of our cell membranes is phosphotidylcholine.
When you are pregnant, you are making a new life with TRILLIONS of new cells and yes you guessed it, TRILLIONS of cell membranes. The demands for phosphotidylcholine skyrocket in pregnancy. And some women have genetic variations that make their needs almost double the average person. In fact, this is why the American Medical Association and the FDA has recently changed their stance on choline importance and intake in pregnancy. Almost all prenatals on the market are grossly inadequate in their choline dosage. The FDA recently changed their recommendations for choline status in pregnant women from 100mg per day to 500mg! That is a BIG jump! IF you want a prenatal with 100% DV of choline, check this out (VitaminIQ prenatal link).
2. Liver-Gallbladder Health
The liver attaches a phospholipid to choline to make something called, phosphotidylcholine or PC. PC is used as a main component of bile that is sent to the gallbladder to be stored and concentrated. Without adequate phosphotidylcholine, bile production and flow can become sluggish. To understand the full ramifications of decreased bile flow, we have to understand the role bile plays in the body.
1. Bile helps us break down our fats into smaller pieces (a process called emulsification) for absorption. Without adequate bile flow, fat is not digested properly and can lead to nausea, GI distress and pain.
2. Bile is acidic and keeps bad bacteria from making their home in your upper digestive tract. A common condition people struggle with today is something called small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) where bacteria grow and residue in their upper GI tract and cause discomfort, nutrient malabsorption and bloating.
3. Bile is the trash truck for your liver. You must have adequate bile flow to be able to detoxify substances you are exposed to in everyday life along with substances your body makes to keep you alive.
Without adequate phosphotidylcholine, bile production slows leading to pain when consuming higher amounts of fat, bloating and discomfort from SIBO and decreased detoxification abilities.
What is the most common surgery after pregnancy? Gallbladder removal or cholecystectomy. Why? Because phosphotidylcholine is being used to make cell membranes of your developing baby and less is available for bile production. The bile gets sticky and tarry and rolls into little balls we call gallstones. Your gallbladder squeezes to contract after eating some delicious guac and BAM the pain hits you out of no where. A gallstone stuck. Off to the ER you go for surgery.
A lot of women notice more obvious symptoms with their second or third pregnancy. Why? Compounding depletion of phosphotidylcholine with each pregnancy.
OK, are you ready to connect with to mommy brain?
3. Brain Function – Acetylcholine
Phosphotidylcholine is a building block for the oh so important neurotransmitter, acetylcholine. What is acetylcholine responsible for? MEMORY. ATTENTION. LEARNING. I know where my phone is because I am talking on it. You can carry on a sentence and remember what you said, are saying and want to say. You can run to the store with your short list and remember what you needed to pick up. You put the milk in the fridge because your brain can organize thoughts and tasks to help you accomplish everyday life.
Acetylcholine is not only helpful for your brain during the day but also at night. Acetylcholine is used by the brain stem to get into restorative, REM sleep which allows your brain to wake the next morning, refreshed and ready to take on whatever the day may bring.
You see, pregnancy and nursing can lead to low levels of phosphotidylcholine. And low levels of this crucial nutrient leave your brain struggling to function the way it did before children. The great news is that there is hope.
Mommy Brain™ delivers the two most important forms of phosphotidylcholine (L-Alpha glycerylphosphorylcholine and Cytidine 5'-diphosphocholin)for your brain and body to function well. Mommy Brain also contains another crucial phospholipid, phosphatidylserine (PS) and the longest chain omega-3 fatty acid, Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). PS supports mental clarity and mitigates an overactive stress response. DHA is a powerful anti-inflammatory fatty acid used by the brain for optimal function.
Get a bottle, take a capsule daily, give it 1-2 months and say bye-bye to mommy brain.