Dr. Pamela Smith, ND 

Dr. Pam has a family practice at The Nest Family Wellness Centre which offers naturopathic and midwifery care. She combines science-based natural medicine with conventional medical therapeutics. Learn more about Dr. Pam and the services offered by her clinic here, or book an appointment at www.drpamelasmith.com.

Check out the latest Ask Dr Pam Q&A and posts by topic below as well as her health and wellness posts.

Ask Dr Pam   

Why is my memory so bad during pregnancy? Is this normal?

You may not feel as sharp as you did prior to pregnancy. In fact, 50-80% of women report some degree of memory change during pregnancy.* These symptoms are commonly referred to as momnesia or pregnant brain. We don't know the exact cause and research has not shown that actual cognitive deficits are occurring (which is a good thing), but it can be quite disturbing for moms and moms-to-be. There are a number of theories about why this occurs, including hormonal and change in brain size during pregnancy, which are discussed in my post 7 Strategies for managing forgetfulness during pregnancy and postpartum.

* Stadtlander, L.  2013. Memory and Perceptual Changes during Pregnancy. Int J Childbirth Education 28(2): 49-53.