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Does Baby Brain really exist?

Baby brain is often the term used to describe a decline in memory, forgetfulness and lack of attention during pregnancy and after birth.

Research has shown that during pregnancy, women report a decline in cognitive skills. 80% of new mothers report trouble remembering things, but this might happen for a very good cause.

New mothers brains demonstrate changes in parts of the brain that are essential for emotional and parental motivation.

So it is likely that ‘Baby Brain’ helps with adjusting to motherhood, with the changes likely to get more pronounced with each pregnancy and remain throughout the life span of the woman.

Article written by Emily Seddon

Emily is a midwife with many years of experience. She is passionate about supporting midwives of the future. As a clinical mentor, student link and being on university interview panels, she knows what it takes to get a place!

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