Model and TV presenter, Chrissy Teigen. (Source: Getty.)
In an interview with Du Jour Magazine, Chrissy was adamant that parenthood would not change her and shared her belief that some new mothers can lose their intelligence and ambition.
“I feel like sometimes when people give birth, they give birth to a tiny part of their brain. Whatever they thought they would be goes out the window and they kind of lose their minds,” she explained.
Ouch. The suggestion that after birth, women lose part of their brains, careers and sanity, is hurtful. Also, if anyone knows of a woman whose brain has exited via her vagina, could you please get a doctor to textbook that shit?
As a mum to a toddler daughter, comments like Chrissy’s can sting because it’s simply not true.
When I was faced with the challenge of a lifetime – keeping a newborn baby alive, while on very little sleep – I had to summon all the brainpower and strength that I had.
I read every book on parenting that I could get my hands on. The more medically and psychologically-inclined the text, the better because I wanted to be as informed as possible for my new role as a mother.
Personally, I found that becoming a mother actually increased my career ambitions and revealed aspirations that I didn’t even know I had.
In every spare minute that I had, whether I was sitting quietly while I breastfed my daughter, or if she was asleep for just half an hour, I tried to develop my mind and career.
I read novels while I breastfed. When Emmy fell asleep in the car, I’d pull over to a quiet suburban street, grab my laptop off the back seat and start blogging. If anything, the isolation of new motherhood only reminded me of who I was and what I had to give. In no way did my identity or ambition disappear “out the window”. (Post continues after gallery.)