Pregnancy and memory
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An Australian study confirms that pregnancy and memory are linked by the fact that during pregnancy, future mothers become more distracted and forget faster.
Australian researchers have found that memory women can be damaged for up to one year after they are born, although the effects are minor and generally target demanding and unfamiliar tasks.
The memory deficiencies that many women experience after their period task and births are very similar to the modest deficits found in comparing healthy adults in their 20s with healthy adults in their 60s.
The Australian study analyzed the results obtained from 14 different studies from around the world, which tested the performance of memory on a number of 1000 women who were or were not during the 40 weeks of pregnancy.
The results of this analysis revealed that pregnant women had very poor results in some aspects of the test, but not in the whole test. The hardest test for pregnant women was the one that involved new or difficult tasks.
The usual tasks that involve memory such as withholding phone numbers of close persons and family members, are not endangered during pregnancy. Instead, things change a little when it comes to retaining new phone numbers, names or information.
The researchers wanted to find out why women's memory deteriorates during pregnancy, at such an important time. Although they do not have evidence obtained from experiments, the researchers believe that relevant to this problem are lifestyle factors.
The researchers argue that during pregnancy, the life cycle undergoes changes and after birth the mothers may suffer from lack of sleep. Previously conducted studies task have already shown that such changes can affect cognitive performance.
February 06, 2008