You may have heard about little bouts of forgetfulness during pregnancy. It's sometimes called momnesia or sometimes "pregnancy brain." At least one Australian studyhas cast doubt on whether there is such a thing as pregnancy brain.
Pregnancy Brain Is Real, but...
Pregnancy does not change a woman's brain even though some women don't feel as sharp as usual when they're pregnant.
Christensen, PhD, of The Australian National University, says, "If you read pregnancy manuals and listen to pregnant mothers -- yes, there is such a thing as pregnancy brain or momnesia. And there is also evidence from research showing deficits in memory."
But, she adds, "the evidence from our study shows that the capacity of the brain is unaltered in pregnancy."