If you somehow haven’t heard the term, it refers to that post-baby time-period when you repeatedly call your brother’s new wife by the name of his ex-girlfriend. Or when you accidentally stash your salted-caramel ice cream in the microwave. Or any host of embarrassing memory lapses that tend to happen in baby’s first year, and are typically attributed to a combination of hormones, new responsibilities, and lack of sleep.
However, neurological research tells us that a new mother’s brain capacity has been much maligned. In fact, researchers can easily tell whether they are looking at images of a mommy brain by the sheer amount of gray matter: becoming a mother actually makes your brain bigger!