Many of you will no doubt swear blind you’ve been hit with a strange bout of “For The Life Of Me I Can’t Remember!’ syndrome, commonly known as baby brain. But there might be some perfectly reasonable explanations for this new state of mind.
It seems the whole world is obsessed with the phenomenon. A stateside academic Jordan Gaines Lewis recently published an article delving into the science behind a wide variety of pregnancy ailments, including heightened sense of smell and morning sickness.
Studies looking into the veracity of baby brain have proven inconclusive over the years. While results have revealed that a small percentage of women experience increased forgetfulness during their first trimester, the reasons might be more straightforward than we think.
Jordan notes “sleep deprivation or the newfound stress of dealing with a major life change as possible contributors to absentmindedness during pregnancy”. She added, “Some research suggests that there’s a cultural expectation at play, as the popular concept of ‘pregnancy brain’ may simply make women more aware of their everyday slip-ups. A change in daily routine with a new pregnancy might disrupt some women’s memory abilities, too.”
So to set the record straight, baby brain might well be a myth…
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