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There’s no such thing as ‘Baby Brain’ say scientists

Published 08/04/2015 | 11:50

The phrase ‘baby brain’ has long been associated with the impact pregnancy
The phrase ‘baby brain’ has long been associated with the impact pregnancy

Pregnant mothers-to-be who are feeling a little bit muddled and are struggling to think straight can no longer blame ‘baby brain’ as scientists have revealed it does not exist.

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The phrase ‘baby brain’ has long been associated with the impact pregnancy has on a woman’s memory but new research has proven that this is a misconception.

The study, conducted Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City, found that pregnant women scored the same in memory tests as women not expecting a child.

The experiment involved 21 pregnant women completing a series of memory tests which were then compared against the results of 21 women not expecting.

Researchers also revealed that pregnancy does not have an impact on a woman’s attention span or spatial awareness.

Despite the findings, 80pc of pregnant women interviewed said that they suffer from memory lapses during pregnancy.

Psychology professor Michael Larson, lead author of the study, said: “I was surprised at how strong the feeling was that they weren't performing well.

“This feeling of, "I really am doing badly right now" exists despite the objective evidence that they aren't,” he said.

Although the research suggests that memory is not impacted by pregnancy, Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon has spoken out in the past about how ‘baby brain’ has affected her friendships.

“Ever since I had the baby, I can't remember anything. Seriously, this child stole my brain. I'm losing friendships over forgetting to get back to people,” Resse said in 2012.

“But you can't keep up with everything. I've got a 13-year-old, a nine-year-old and a baby.”

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