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Neuropsychology facing memory loss during pregnancy

Neuropsychology facing memory loss during pregnancy

Distracted, lost, bewildered, daydreaming, hopeless, awkward ... During pregnancy, a woman may feel some of these ways even all these feelings at the same time.

Recent studies prove that pregnant women’s brain may have problems that affect their cognitive abilities such as memory loss, disorientation or confusion.

The decrease of the abilities of the general cognitive functioning, of memory and executive functioning can affect the lives of women who suffer it and it can lead to mistakes at work, forgetfulness or major misses.

According to the results of a new study published in the Medical Journal of Australia, 50% to 80% of pregnant women have experienced such symptoms, particularly during the third trimester of pregnancy.

However, many specialists state that after 6 months of the pregnancy period, pregnant women will improve their executive abilities, such as their ability to organize and plan.

Why is this happening? Ana Mantecón, a neuropsychologist at Juaneda Hospitals, asserts that this is due to hormonal imbalances.

The culprits of forgetfulness are the high levels of hormones such as prolactin, cortisol, and mainly oxytocin, in the body of the pregnant woman. The hormonal revolution experienced by pregnant women produces changes in the woman's brain that affects mainly spatial memory, the one related to where we put things.

Neuropsychology studies the effects that an injury, damage or abnormal functioning in the structures of the central nervous system causes on cognitive, psychological, emotional and individual behaviour processes. From this clinical perspective, it is recommended to carry out the following guidelines to improve memory during pregnancy:

1. Memorise everything you can: shopping list, number plates...

2. Organize your daily routine. These types of problems do not have as much impact on a functional level when a person is organized.

3. Balance the two previous activities: train the memory and establish a routine.

4. Get a neuropsychological test to determine what skills you have to train the most. We must also emphasize the importance of practicing neuropsychological assessments.

5. Games and word games to train memory, attention, language, visual skills and executive functions.

6. Check a professional opinion to determine the activities you must do to balance the stimulation and avoid deficiencies.

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