Pregnant women haven't lost it after all
February 11, 2010 — It appears that the image of the dotty pregnant woman or the scatterbrained new mom is just an urban myth. New research shows that there is no evidence of cognitive decline during pregnancy or after giving birth.
"Pregnant women and new mothers might be distractible, but when the power of their intelligence is turned to a task, there’s absolutely no evidence that they’re impaired relative to nonpregnant women," lead Helen Christensen, PhD, Australian National University, Canberra, told Medscape Psychiatry.
Obstetricians, family doctors, and midwives may want to take note of these findings that suggest that "placenta brain" is not inevitable, she said.
The study is published in the February issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry.

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