Pregnant Brain: Myth or Truth?

Have you heard the story of how women are a bit forgetful during pregnancy? People sometimes sympathetically call it magnesia or the pregnant brain, and today it is our turn to find out whether it is a myth or the truth. Namely, in a study published in Australia, the “pregnant brain” was questioned.

Science says that pregnancy does not bring changes when it comes to the female brain, even if some pregnant women do not feel as sharp as before in that period. The doctor, Helen Christensen, who led the research conducted in Australia, says that if you have read a pregnancy magazine at least once or if you have talked to a pregnant woman, then you surely think that “pregnancy brain” or mamnesia really exist, and there is even some scientific research. which confirm the lack of memory during pregnancy.

On the other hand, she adds that the results of their study showed that no significant changes occur in the brain during pregnancy.

What causes magnesia?


It is completely normal for women to be a bit more forgetful than usual during pregnancy because pregnancy is a stressful period in itself, because you sleep less, you have a lot of obligations and everything goes through your head, especially if it is your first pregnancy. Scientists say that if you have a lack of sleep and do more work at the same time, you will certainly not be at the top when it comes to memory and concentration. If you add hormonal changes and new priorities in life to that, it is quite enough to create magnesium.

The female brain during pregnancy should be carried with as much as 15 – 40 times more progesterone and estrogen, which affect all types of neurons in the brain. By the time a woman goes into labor there is indeed a fair amount of oxytocin which causes uterine contractions and encourages the body to produce milk and in some way affects the functionality of the brain. Pregnancy affects what will attract your attention, more precisely, your IQ does not change, but the priorities certainly do. There are really a lot of shelves in the brain, and the first three are certainly reserved for topics related to your pregnancy and baby. Hormones can also affect a part of the memory, including the memory of where things are.

Women describe the pregnant brain as when you get up, go to the next room, and in fact you have no idea why you got up and what you need. From the evolutionary aspect, experts say that it happens because nature has arranged it that way, that women focus less on side things and only care about the baby and pregnancy, that is, that they only have that in mind. Many pregnant women spend most of their time thinking about the changes that will occur in their lives with the birth of a baby, how they will cope, whether they will know how to take care of the baby in the right way, and all this really affects short-term memory.

How to help your memory in pregnancy

If you notice that you are not as sharp as before, you do not notice and do not remember things that you would not have missed earlier, that is the first sign that you are preparing for motherhood. For a start, you need to simplify all aspects of your life because what awaits you is even more complicated.

Once a baby is born, a lack of sleep will surely contribute to your brain not functioning in the same way as before. Some research has shown that women have as much as 700 hours less sleep than usual during the first year of a baby’s life, so it’s no wonder they can’t think about anything at all except the baby and when they will fall asleep and rest.


What can you do?

Write down the creatures. If you go to see a gynecologist or pediatrician, write down everything you would like to ask your doctor. You also make to-do lists, write down everything you need to do and even when you need to call, send a message or wish a happy birthday. Your smartphone, in which you can create a planner and reminders, will surely help you with that.

Sleep more. This may seem like an impossible mission, but try to get better organized. Send the baby for a walk with dad or grandma, and you darken the apartment and sleep, and after only a week of good sleep, moms usually return to normal. Don’t worry too much when it comes to your forgetfulness as long as you don’t endanger your or your baby’s life with it. Otherwise it’s fine.

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