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Is Pregnancy Brain A Myth?

August 19, 2017

Many women say it’s true, but some experts argue otherwise.

Lack of focus, Forgetfulness, occasional foggy-mindedness, ask a fresh or expectant mom if “pregnancy brain” is true and most will laugh and say there is no doubt about it. But when experts have gone looking for proof of these cognitive hiccups, the outcomes have been mixed.

A talked about 2014 study from University of Brigham Young found no attention or memory issues among postpartum or pregnant women compared to match controls.” Objectively, non-pregnant and postpartum women perfumed equally well in the cognitive tests,” Dr Michael Larson says, a clinical neuropsychologist and BYU coauthor of the study.

But subjectively – that is-, when ladies were asked to rate their own performance on tests – the postpartum and pregnant women felt they have done badly compared to their non-pregnant counterparts.

“There is this cultural stereotype that ladies are supposed to provide cognitively during or after pregnancy,” Larson says. Trust in this stereotype could hamper some ladies confidence in their cerebral acuity although their brains are working perfect, he says.

But the BYU study is not the end word on the subject of “pregnancy brain.” Vitally, Larson says all ladies in his experiment were tested in perfect circumstances. That is he and his partners controlled for stress, sleep and other factors that could disproportionately affect postpartum and pregnant women outside the lab.

“There are likely a discount between true-globe functioning and perfect experiment functioning,” he says. “But our aim to see if ladies cognitive abilities replaced during or following pregnancy, and we did not find proof of that.”

In the “true-globe,” there is a pretty doubt postpartum and pregnant women have to contend with reasons that many affect their thinking, Dr Louanne Brizendine says, a neuropsychiatrist at the California University, and author of the Female brain.

During the initial few months of pregnancy, a woman’s progesterone stages soar to 20, 30 or even 50 times their general levels, Brizendine says. This hormone is a powerful sedative, and its surge describes why some ladies may feel especially worn out during the early levels of pregnancy.

“This progesterone surge does not mean you lose brain or smart functions,” Brizendine says,” it is only that you feel sleepy a lot of the time.

While a women body and brain become accustomed to the uptick in progesterone as her pregnancy improves, other hormonal fluctuations – as well as body discomfort and changes often lead to restive sleep. So does have to deal with newborn at all hours of the night.

Originally posted 2015-11-22 03:03:50.

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