The study published in the Medical Journal of Australia found memory performance declined during the early stages of pregnancy, but the decline either slowed or stopped from mid-pregnancy.
She says they mainly manifest as minor memory lapses like forgetting, or failing, to book medical appointments, but that more significant consequences such as reduced job performance or impaired ability to navigate complex tasks, are less likely.
The study authors say more research is needed to determine the impact of #8216;baby brain#8217; on the quality of life and everyday functioning of pregnant women.
#8216;Baby brain#8217; does indeed exist and particularly affects women during the third trimester of pregnancy, Australian researchers have found.
#8220;These findings need to be interpreted with caution, particularly as the declines were statistically significant, but performance remained within the normal ranges of general cognitive functioning and memory,#8221; Associate Professor Linda Byrne said.