Pregnancy & Memory Loss - True or False?

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Registered: 01-19-2006
Pregnancy & Memory Loss - True or False?
Fri, 04-02-2010 - 7:25am
Many pregnant women report being more forgetful as their pregnancy progresses, and new research suggests it could be caused by elevated hormone levels affecting the brain.

Previous studies haven't turned up a solid link that could explain maternal memory problems, widely reported on an anecdotal basis.

"I think women are interested and sometimes worried about their memory, and whether they're going to get it back if they feel that they've lost some of their cognitive function during pregnancy," said researcher Diane Farrar of the University of Bradford and Bradford Institute for Health Research in England.

Farrar and her colleagues set out to test the spatial memory of pregnant women — that's the memory that tells us where we parked the car or set down the keys. The researchers also measured the levels of a set of sex hormones in the pregnant women and had them fill out a questionnaire to judge their mood and level of anxiety. The results for the 23 pregnant women in the study were compared with 24 non-pregnant women.

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Pregnancy Hormones May Cause Memory Problems

Did you experience this when pregnant, if you have children? f so, did it worry you?


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Registered: 10-23-2009
Fri, 04-02-2010 - 11:34am
Yes, I had a significant decrease in spatial memory during pregnancy; I called it being scatterbrained. In my case, it didn't worsen as the pregnancy progressed, thank goodness, because it hit me early on like the proverbial ton of bricks.

My memory had always been excellent. I never needed to write down appointments or telephone numbers, never lost my car keys, nothing like that. Then - poof! - my memory disappeared overnight.

Of course it freaked me out until I did some research and learned that what I was experiencing was normal and would pass. Researching something back then wasn't as simple as doing a quick Internet search, but luckily, I hadn't forgotten the way to the library, lol.

It did take a couple of months afterward for my memory to return to normal.


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