What's Pregnancy Brain? Israeli Research Offers a Revolutionary New Explanation

The purpose of diminished cognitive abilities in the brain during pregnancy is to induce a meditative state during childbirth, an Israeli researcher says

A pregnant woman with sticky notes on her belly.
The quality of memory function, especially the coding of new information, is diminished.'Credit: Olena Chukhil / Shutterstock.com
Noa Limone
Noa Limone
Noa Limone
Noa Limone

During pregnancy one’s brain undergoes dramatic changes. The popular term for this is “pregnancy brain” and it refers to a phenomenon that women who’ve been through it are all too familiar with: From being a thinking, sentient person, you turn into a scatterbrained, forgetful individual who is easily confused and gets worked up over every bit of nonsense.