Does pregnancy affect a woman's brain function?
Many pregnant women, as well as their obgyns and midwives think that pregnancy can affect a woman's ability to perform basic mental tasks., but there is little objective information on this. So, researchers at BYU decided to the put this theory to the test by comparing 21 healthy pregnant and 21 non-pregnant women, interviewing them and doing tests for memory and cognitive function. When asked about their memory function, pregnant women were more likely to report difficulties than those who were not. However, when these investigators used objective memory tests, the pregnant women fared just as well as those who were not pregnant. While it turns out that pregnant women may become forgetful during pregnancy, it is probably not related to any biologic deterioration in brain function.