It’s a common claim that pregnancy makes you forgetful. But does “pregnancy brain” actually exist?
There’s no doubt that many changes happen to a woman’s body during pregnancy, but how do these changes affect – or originate in – the brain?
To answer my friend’s question, and in an effort to address whatever else she was forgetting at the time, here is part one of my expectant mother’s guide to the crazy neuroscience of pregnancy.
More than half – perhaps even up to 90% – of pregnant women experience nausea or vomiting to some degree, particularly in the morning.
Thrust into the limelight as a result of the Duchess of Cambridge’s hospitalisations, around 1% of pregnant women experience more severe, prolonged morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum, which can result in dehydration and weight loss, and may require medical attention.
For most women, morning sickness goes away after 18 weeks.