Saturday, 8 March 2008

Mumnesia

Scientists have at last given a name to postnatal forgetfulness - mumnesia or loss of memory on the arrival of a baby.
Mumnesia is experienced by many new mothers who usually notice small lapses of memory such as struggling with names, misplacing things or forgetting what they are looking for following the delivery of their babies. Experts think a combination of fatigue, hormonal changes and stress can all contribute to a loss of memory.
Forgetfulness is also a part of women's defence mechanism after the pain and rigours of childbirth.
Apparently it is a short-term problem, which lasts only for a few months.

As we know there are exceptions to every rule, as 19 years on - I still have it! When I cant find something, I’ve usually put it in my fridge!

Oh and before I do forget - I am very excited as I have 2 friends I have made through blogging coming to stay with me all the way from the US! I will let you know more nearer the time!

61 comments:

Get Off My Lawn! said...

Nature's way of maximizing the possibility of women giving birth more than once. make them forget!

Chris H said...

OH HELL.. I am still suffering from MUMNESIA after 29 bloody years! I OFTEN look at a kid and go to say it's name and go through a few before I get the right name or end up just saying "OH DAMMIT, YOU...YES YOU!" out of desperation!!! WELL I do have 8 eh? Sometimes I just say "oi what's your name?" come here! My kids just laugh at me... little shits.

DJ Kirkby said...

Well now how fascinating. Obviously I knew it existed...what was I saying?...oh yeah! Right erm where was I? Yes, I remember now...so, obviously I knew it existed as I have seen many of my clients suffer with it but I did not know it had a name. I will be passing that on to my midwifery students on Monday...though i am teaching changes to skin in pregnancy and wound care so it will be a bit of a challenge to slip it into the lesson...hmmmm...

Rick said...

I don't remember giving birth, but I must have given birth to a big one.

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Rick

CrazyCath said...

LOL that is so true! I still have it though. It's not that temporary.
I only have 2 kids and struggle, often referring to one by the other's name and then saying "No, the other one. What's his name? I gave him a name. What was it?" My kids think it's hilarious too. And they are both boys so they will never know...

Mumnesia is Nature's way of us forgetting childbirth so we do it all again. Sneaky Nature...

the mother of this lot said...

Yep, I've had this for nineteen years as well, and the condition shows no sign of improving.

My mother used to go through a list of names before she got to me. Funny that, seeing as I'm an only child.

Sweet Irene said...

I am glad there is a name for this condition that I seem to be suffering from or it just gives me the opportunity to blame it on something. Many times I am completely bewildered by names and faces and trying to match them in my memory, but it has been more than 30 years since I have given birth, do you think it may still apply, or am I showing signs of grandmumnesia?

Elissa said...

Yep, Mumnesia rears her head at our place regularly... at least I have an excuse for it now!!

And how exciting having some blogging friends coming to stay! I think some of the friends made through blogging are the best of all!

R.E.H. said...

Never heard of that... or maybe I did, but can't remember.

I can't remember giving birth... so...

buffalodickdy said...

We just lump it all under the disease "CRS" "Can't Remember Sh*t!".....

Club 166 said...

Our mom used to do that thing (going thru all of our names until she hit the right one). I used to think only she did that. Good to know she wasn't the only one.

Joe

Suzy said...

Okay, what's my excuse????

I don't have kids....just dogs!

Love to you and C-

So happy some blogger friends are making their way to see you.

Suzy

Dr.John said...

I seem to have Mumnesia and I'm a man. How can that be. I knew once but I seem to have forgoten.

J said...

I like mumnesia better than "mommy noodle headed syndrome." That's what my husband calls it. I still have it too--nine years after the birth of my first tborn. Hope the visit with your blogger friends goes well. Best wishes--jml

Jen P said...

I was going to leave a comment....

but I forgot...

Niksmom said...

Clearly, there is flawed data if the "experts" think it is a temporary condition! Must have been men who came up with that one (not slamming men!)...they've not experienced it first-hand, you know? And my friends who have more than one...tell me it only gets worse with numbers!

Jen said...

It's good to know that there's a name for it- after missing an entire year of sleep nursing infant triplets, and then having them be autistic, I consider it a victory if I remember my own name and birthday, let alone theirs, or what I went into the kitchen for. I think that I've lost about 50 iq points in the last 12 years, but at least now I have an excuse!

craig andrew said...

Me, I have unclenesia....C;)

lime said...

mumnesia is a good one. i've referred to my own affliction ans motherheimers for years now.

do enjoy your visit!

Janvangogh said...

mumnesia. not temporary. Permanent for sure! :-)

Almost American said...

Thanks for the reassurance that it's not early-onset Alzheimers.

I sometimes think I should have named both my kids "Hey You Whoever You Are."

Billy said...

Saw this on the news last nite--fascinating!!!

laughingwolf said...

in many cases, with certain folk, it's called OLDTIMER'S disease :P lol

Maggie May said...

I think I must be still be getting over the last pregnancy then & the youngest is 41!

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness it is a named medical fact, I now have a proper excuse to give my boss now that I am back at work after maternity leave with brain the size of a pea! Annoying thing is that I used to have an excellent memory. Oh well...

Jennie said...

Ahh so that is what I have been suffering from for sixteen years!
Have a fantastic time when your friends come to stay!

A Mother's Place is in the Wrong said...

Mumnesia - of course that's why I go through all the names before I get the right one! How exciting that you have Blogging friends coming to visit - great! M xx

Motherhood for Dummies said...

Finally something to blame my flankiness on. And have fun with your bloggin friends!

Kahless said...

Is mumnesia catching?
:-)

FXSmom said...

maybe this is what is going on with me in a sense. Since I had this stinking hysterectomy I've been so stupid!! A combo of fatigue, hormone changes and stress is definitely what I'm going through. So would that be called Hysterectomesia ;-).

Mrs. C said...

Strange how I remember where everyone put their stuff though. I can tell each child not only where each of his possessions is located, but where and when we bought it and for how much.

My brain just doesn't have room for things like "the proper name of the child I am addressing" LOL!

Flea said...

During my second pregnancy I had severe memory lapses and thought I was going crazy. My iron level was very low and a supplement cleared it up almost immediately. And I have low progesterone now, which has the same memory loss and craziness effect.

Angela said...

Love the word. It is so true.

vivavavoom said...

I had slight mumnesia after my first and then got a fullblown case of it after my second. I always say that I lost brain cells during labor. I am afraid they are also gone for good!! at least now I have a name to call it.

Mima said...

As I have no kids, it definitely isn't what I've got - do you think it can be inherited? Or maybe it just hits women when they reach childbearing age!

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Sue Nicholson said...

LOL :-D

I have read through the comments and think it has all been said . . . well that's what I think . . . naturally I can't remember !!!! :-D

Thanks for your comment on my blog! It was a photo prompt and not vanity that led me to post my photo :-) I guess you got that anyway :-)

Love your blog :-)

Enjoy your Sunday . . . . Sue :-)

MarmiteToasty said...

The first time I took my first baby in his Huge Silver Cross Pram, he was about 7 days old, I parked him outside the chemist shop, yes we could do that back then and I could see the pram through the big shop window.... I bought what I needed and then continued into the Co-op to buy cheese and then promptly walked home - when I got home I with me bag of shopping and went to make a cuppa tea, I thought.... Im sure I went out with something this morning LMFAO..... I had only left the baby in the pram outside the chemist shop lol.... I ran down the road (300 yrds from me house) and the ladies in the chemist were so laughing and fussing over my baby.... well it was the first time I had ever taken a baby out, I couldnt be expected to remember the shopping and the baby lol

x

Debs said...

Only a few months? They've surely got that wrong, mine's lasted nearly 17 years.

Enjoy your friends coming to stay and all the way from the US too.

Attila The Mom said...

Hahahaha! So there actually is a name for it! How cool is that?

Dianne said...

My son is 34. The mumnesia had just begun to wear off when menopause hit me hard. Menomania I call it.

It's wonderful that your friends are coming to visit. Look forward to hearing all about it.

Eileen said...

I am so glad there is a name for it. It brings me comfort, on some level. I think the temporary part, lasts a lot longer...oh, say, until they are grown and on their own perhaps. Maybe not even then.
Glad your getting to visit with some blogger friends.
XOXOX

Odat said...

Yeah, it never stops!
Peace

How exciting your getting a visit from some blogging buddies!!!!

Marla said...

That is so awesome that you have two people from blogging coming to stay with you. I hope you all have a terrific time!

Yeah, my memory sucks too.

A Bishops wife said...

WOW!!! Look at all these comments. I am a bit late. I still like the story...even if I am a bit late.

I did not comment last time because you already had tons...but I want you to know I have been here and say HI!

Seamus said...

...and worsens with age!!!!!!!!!

Ellee Seymour said...

Mumnesia, what a wonderful word, something my boys suffer from too. I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your friends and look forward to reading about it. Isn't blogging great for meeting new people?

KAREN said...

There was a discussion about Mumnesia on tv the other morning. Mine are really too old for me to blame it on them now, so it must be the menopause!

Hope your bloggy friends have a great time :o)

Omega Mum said...

Sorry - who am I again?

PI said...

I think I have Granesia and I'm stuck with it. Exciting about the visitors.
I have just heard from two bloggers I admire, that they would like to meet me and I hope it will happen in the next few months. Like you I'm keeping mum for the time being.

motherx said...

I def still suffer from that! Thats great news about your friends, I hope it all goes well for you.

leslie said...

Gee, I only have 2 kids and I still have trouble even though the younger one is almost 28! They both get so P*ssed off at me when I call them the wrong name.

But my older one knows all about "mumnesia" having had 2 of her own now. btw, she's recovering from the c-section slowly but surely - baby's one week old tomorrow! :D

whimsicalnbrainpan said...

I think you can get that even if you don't have a kid.

Ron said...

Boy...I wonder what the name is for MEN having this???

DADnesia?

Tee-hee!

I'm starting to forget in the middle of a sentence...jeees!?

Wonderful post, Casdok...VERY informative!

Hope you're enjoying your weekend!

Bob-kat said...

LOL! I have a habit of forgetting things too. Names are the worse thing, especially when connected with work!

Thanks for your visit to my blog. I popped over to repay the compliment. I hope you have fun with your US blog friends :)

bindhiya said...

I think I have it too..
How sweet to see blogger friends :)

bindhiya

Lane said...

Once a mumnesiac, always a munnesiac:-)

Great news about your visitors. x

LceeL said...

I'm with Ron. What's MY excuse? Oh yeah, Senior Moments. I forgot.

kristina said...

suspect this "disorder" is catching and endemic!

WesterWitch/Headmistress said...

HAH last a few months - who are 'they' kidding . . . two children and 21 years later . . .er what was I saying . . .

Wow two blogging friends from US . . .as you know alot of us have met up from Purplecoo and all the meetings have been a huge success.

nitebyrd said...

It lasts as long as you and your children are alive. Short term? Don't believe it!

Mo said...

There's a case in court right now in South Bend, IN where the alleged mother of a deceased baby (found in her front yard) says she can't remember ever having a baby. Talk about mumnesia!

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