A recent study suggests that the baby brain phenomenon – you know, the one that makes pregnant women leave the iron on for five hours and not realise, or lock themselves out of the house on a weekly basis – may not be a pregnancy-specific condition.
Research conducted suggests that there is no mental deterioration that occurs when a woman falls pregnant. Which would suggest that blaming the ‘baby brain’ may not be as viable an option as it once was.
Professor Christensen says while there was no evidence humans become smarter during pregnancy, there was no sign of deterioration either.
She says the team was concerned previous studies may have been biased because they recruited women who were already anxious about pregnancy.ABC News
For my part, I think that baby brain exists. It may not be a chemical effect or a measurable physiological change, but I think it’s there.
In a six week period in the middle of her pregnancy, Katie left the handbrake off when parking the car on four occasions (that I know of), after a flawless track record of handbrake usage prior to this.
Could baby brain be caused by distraction/anxiety? If that’s the case, then expectant fathers could claim it, too.
In fact, I’m claiming it right now.
I wonder if my doctor will give me a note for work…?