Pregnant women may have long suspected it, but a new Australian study has
confirmed that carrying a baby can make mothers-to-be more forgetful.


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Research by Australian
scientists has found that a woman’s memory can be impaired for at least a year
after giving birth, although the effects are minor and mainly concern unfamiliar
or demanding tasks.


"The
memory deficits many women experience during and after pregnancy are pretty much
like the modest deficits you’d find when comparing healthy 20-year-olds with
healthy 60-year-olds," researcher Julie Henry said.


The Australian study analysed
the results of 14 different studies from around the world which tested the
memory performances of more than 1,000 pregnant women, mothers and non-pregnant
women.


It found that pregnant
women performed significantly worse on some, but not all aspects of the test.


The hardest tests for the
pregnant women were those which involved new or difficult tasks.


"Regular, well-practised
memory tasks – such as remembering phone numbers of friends and family members –
are unlikely to be affected," said the Australian Catholic University’s
Associate Professor Peter Rendell, who conducted the study with Henry.


"It’s a different story,
though, when you have to remember new phone numbers, people’s names or hold in
mind several different pieces of information, such as when multi-tasking."


This study was published in
the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology.

Via Times of India