"Baby brain" a myth

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Pregnant women, doctors and midwives should stop blaming memory lapses on their growing babies ...

It is a popular belief that pregnancy and motherhood affects a woman’s memory, causing them to become more forgetful and absentminded. But research ... finds no evidence that pregnancy or motherhood affects women’s brain power.

... Four areas of cognition were assessed: cognitive speed, working memory, and immediate and delayed recall ...

The researchers found no significant differences in cognitive change for those women who were pregnant during the assessments and those who were not ...

... “Not so long ago, pregnancy was ‘confinement’ and motherhood meant the end of career aspirations. Our results show that mothers are the intellectual equal of their contemporaries,” ...

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448