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Baby brain during motherhood ’is a myth’

If you think that pregnant women suffer lapses in memory, think again, for a study has revealed that the “baby brain” concept is nothing but a myth -- instead female intelligence increases during motherhood.

world Updated: Feb 10, 2009 06:03 IST

If you think that pregnant women suffer lapses in memory, think again, for a study has revealed that the “baby brain” concept is nothing but a myth -- instead female intelligence increases during motherhood.

Previous studies claimed that pregnant women’s brains decline in size and that they consistently perform worse than other women on tests for memory and verbal skills.

Now, an international research team, led by Australian National University, has found that the child bearing process may actually improve the brain and the improvement can well be permanent, the British media reported.

“Women often report problems with memory and reasoning after they become pregnant. But the latest finding has proven they do not.

“Our research suggests that although women, and their partners, think there may be a link between brain capacity and pregnancy and motherhood, there’re certainly no permanent ones that we can find,” team leader Prof Helen Christensen said.