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“I don't know what I'm talking about anymore. I'm so sorry," actress Christina Applegate recently told USA Today. "Pregnesia. What am I talking about these days?"
The 38-year-old actress, who’s expecting a baby this winter with her musician fiancé Martyn Lenoble, is referring, of course, to what some of us call "pregnancy brain" or "mommy brain." Most of us moms can relate. Who hasn’t griped that her forgetfulness or zero attention-span is because of pregnancy or new mommyhood?
Now, scientists have been looking to prove -- or disprove -- the existence of pregnancy brain. A study by Australian researchers tells us the concept is um... all in our heads (pun intended). Published in February 2010 in The British Journal of Psychiatry, it concluded there were no substantial differences in cognitive test results among non-pregnant women, pregnant women and new moms. Plus, another U.K. study tested pregnant women on a driving simulator and said they did just as well as their non-expecting counterparts.
"When women are pregnant, their femaleness is very obvious, so maybe that triggers people to notice in themselves and in other pregnant women when they make cognitive slips -- the kind that we all make -- and they attribute those slips to their pregnancy,” researcher Ros Crawley told The Psychologist magazine.
But wait! There's conflicting research. Bradford Institute of Health Research found that pregnant women tested lower in attention and spatial recognition memory tests.
So maybe science can't find a true answer to whether pregnancy brain is real, but to most of us -- including Christina Applegate -- it’s … wait, what was I saying?
Do you think pregnancy brain is fact or fiction? Chime in below!