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Captain Obvious Report: Pregnancy Hormones May Cause Memory Problems

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Captain Obvious Report: Pregnancy Hormones May Cause Memory Problems

Preganancy Brain not only causes memory lapses, but also loss of fashion sense

For those of us who have been — or know someone who has been — with child, Pregnancy Brain is an all-too-familiar affliction.  In fact, some of us STILL have that darned box of Frosted Flakes sitting in the fridge.  (They’re not-so-grrrrreat!)  However, outside of pregnant women showing up at work in bathrobes, there has been no real proof that our insane behavior was pregnancy-related.

Until now.

Ah, sweet, sweet vindication.  The medical community FINALLY has our backs, as researchers have found that pregnant women in their second and third trimesters performed significantly worse than the non-pregnant women on spatial memory tests.  In fact, the memory effect still held at three months after birth.

The pregnant women also had a lower mood and more anxiety during their pregnancy than the non-pregnant women did, though those scores were about the same for both groups three months after birth.

The findings, presented last week at the Society for Endocrinology BES Cconference (which sounds like a rockin’ good time) in Manchester, England, suggest that the high levels of sex hormones circulating in the bodies of pregnant women could have a negative impact on the neurons in the parts of the brain responsible for spatial memory, particularly the hippocampus.

In short:  Pregnancy Brain isn’t just in our heads.  So to speak.

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Candy Kirby is the founder of The Laughing Stork and a professional fun-maker who will never stop chasing her lifelong dream: to find the Pomeranian or porn star after whom her parents must have named her. A humor columnist for Disney, Nickelodeon, Scary Mommy, Reductress and Redbook, she also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats, the latter of whom are the real brains behind this operation (so send all complaints to them).

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