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Baby Brain and Pregnancy

Is Baby Brain All in Your Head?

Think pregnancy has left you with a mind made of mush? Don't be so quick to blame the baby. According to the British Journal of Psychiatry, baby brain – the memory loss and feeling of absentmindedness that many expectant mothers claim to experience –is nothing more than a myth.

Researchers who tracked 1,241 women both before and after pregnancy found that,

Part of the problem is that pregnancy manuals tell women they are likely to experience memory and concentration problems – so women and their partners are primed to attribute any memory lapse to the 'hard to miss' physical sign of pregnancy . . . pregnant women may also shift their focus away from work issues to help them prepare for the birth of their new baby, while new mothers selectively attend to their baby.

There's no question that moms and mamas-to-be have a lot on their minds and trying to juggle it all can be difficult. But try telling a woman who was on top of her game prior to pregnancy that there is no scientific reason that she can't remember why she drove to the grocery store or where she put her cup down. Did you have mush brain after becoming a mommy?

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Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
When I was about 6 months pregnant, I locked my keys in my car at the mall. I found a phone book and called a locksmith (forgetting that I had AAA). I made an arithmetic error and tipped the guy well over 50%. Then, on the way home, I breezed past my exit and on to the wrong freeway because I was trying to go to my childhood home across town. Pregnancy brain: It's real, yo. It may not be caused by the pregnancy itself, but it happens.
Anne26 Anne26 7 years
I guess it was too early for me to tell but yeah my concentration during that time was not well.
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
I think it's real. Or I am just getting old.
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