Pregnancy Brain is a Myth

I don’t believe it! We’ve all comforted ourselves during our more scatterbrained moments of pregnancy with the understanding that hormones were impacting our cognitive abilities. It’s not our fault! It’s pregnancy brain! But a new study out of Australian National University says there is no such thing. No such thing? Phooey! Tell that to a pregnant woman who has just found one of her baby’s freshly purchased onsies in the refrigerator, next to the pepper.

But the team at ANU asked a group of women who had been or were pregnant, in 1999, and then again last year, to memorize sequences of numbers and pairs of words. They were then tested on them. They found pregnancy had no impact on the results whatsoever. Therefore, they conclude, pregnancy brain is a myth.

Other studies — even Australian ones — have come to different conclusions.

What do I think? I think it exists, although not everyone may deal with it, and it’s unlikely a diagnosable condition. But at different points during pregnancy, it may be difficult to impossible for some of you to sleep. Sleep deprivation takes its toll on cognitive ability. You are dealing with hormonal surges, and are awash in that sleepy-weepy hormone progesterone. You may be anxious as you contemplate the meteoric changes that are happening in your body and in your life. You’re having a baby! You’ll soon be someone’s mom! These are all great distractions. I think you are to be forgiven if you lose your keys or forget where you were going on your way to the store.

So I will take this study and put it into the refrigerator, next to the onsie and the pepper. If I were still pregnant, the moment I closed the door, I would forget that it was there!

For everything you need to know about looking a feeling your very best during pregnancy, please click over to our Pea in the Podcast Looking and Feeling Good.

-Bonnie

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5 Responses to “Pregnancy Brain is a Myth”

  1. Momatobe2 Momatobe2 Says:

    I was wondering how the fan helps! Thanks for clearing it up

  2. Moma2be3 Moma2be3 Says:

    Oops, speaking of pregnancy brain, just posted me comment on the wrong topic!

  3. Bonnie Petrie Bonnie Petrie Says:

    See? I told you pregnancy brain was real! ((Hugs)) to you. It'll pass! :)

  4. Megsie Megsie Says:

    What about breastfeeding brain? In my experience that is twice as bad! :-)

  5. Bonnie Petrie Bonnie Petrie Says:

    Ah, Megsie, even with breastfeeding brain you're waaaay smarter than I am, so I wouldn't worry too much. ;)




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