An illustration of a mother carrying her child. Around the mothers head are scribbled thoughts to indicate confusion and the illustration is set against a light orange backdrop with the 'Why This Now' logo in the bottom left. The top right has a curved, rust coloured accent.
Beyond forgetfulness, 'mommy brain' also comes with guilt and mental health challenges. Illustration by (c) Reset Fest Inc, Canada


Episode 4: Is Mommy Brain Real?

From forgetting where you kept your baby to having your feelings dismissed, women tell us the impact motherhood has on their brains.

Today, on Why This Now? by Re:Set, we delve into the much-debated phenomenon of mommy brain.

Toronto-based front-end developer and mom Elly Pham and co-hosts of the Mommying While Muslim podcast physician Uzma Jafri & parenting solutions strategist Zaiba Hasan share their own mom brain experiences, the shame in communities of colour and the obstacles women of colour face when it came to postpartum healthcare. Behavioural neuroscientist and therapist supporting peripartum mental health Dr. Jodi Pawluski explains the science behind mommy brain and how your brain actually copes post birth.

Trigger warning: Please note, a portion of this episode has mentions of suicidal thoughts. Listener discretion is advised between 24:37 & 27:10. If you or someone you know is going through the same, please know there are resources you can reach out to.


Host: Aakanksha Tangri 
Writer: Akanksha Mishra
This is a Maed in India production.
Audio Engineer & Editor: Kartik Kulkarni
Producer: Mae Mariyam Thomas
Assistant Producer: Husein Haveliwala

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