While being a mother is an absolute blessing, it also comes with a host of responsibilities that you need to fulfil for your child. Because of the amount of things you often need to do for your child, it’s easy for mothers to experience stress, especially with little to no rest or time for themselves. Even after your children are grown, what menopause does to your brain is enough to cause brain fog and difficulty navigating the everyday moments. By introducing nootropics for stress into your daily routine, mums can find the respite and relaxation they need to continue with their day with less worry and stress. However, the question of the safety of nootropics for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers needs to be taken into consideration. Read our guide for mothers about nootropics for cognitive function below.
What are nootropics?
Nootropics, also known as “smart drugs”, are a group of drugs that are used to positively impact our cognitive functions. The goal of taking nootropics is to improve memory, learning and comprehension, response to mild anxiety, mood, focus, thought processing, and other cognitive skills. Nootropics are grouped into three categories: prescription nootropics, synthetic nootropics, and dietary supplements. Whether certain nootropics are natural or man-made, they are backed by proven studies that showcase their effectiveness in enhancing cognitive health.Do nootropics help with hormones?
Nootropics help mood and clarity by releasing neurotransmitters and decreasing stress-related hormones. For example, studies have shown that Ashwagandha root decreased the levels of cortisol in its test subjects. Bacopa monnieri also promotes the synthesis of acetylcholine, dopamine, and serotonin, neurotransmitters related to positive cognitive function and improved mood. For mothers, taking such nootropics is a good way to counteract the stresses and worries of motherhood, ensuring you’re at a more level state of mind when caring for your child.Are nootropics safe during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
While we recommend nootropics for women feeling the stress of motherhood, we don’t advise them for pregnant and lactating mothers. There are certain nootropics that aren’t safe during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. For example, Ginkgo biloba’s antiplatelet properties make it less than ideal for pregnant women as it could lengthen the bleeding time during labour. Theanine is also not recommended as it has antihypertensive properties which can interfere when mixed with other antihypertensive drugs you may be taking. Possible stimulant exposure from taking nootropics or breastfeeding while on nootropics is also a risk for the newborn.
What nootropics can mothers take?
Love your brain,
The Yootropics Team