A review of the impact of pregnancy on memory function

Henry, Julie D. and Rendell, Peter G. (2007) A review of the impact of pregnancy on memory function. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 29 8: 793-803. doi:10.1080/13803390701612209

Author Henry, Julie D.
Rendell, Peter G.
Title A review of the impact of pregnancy on memory function
Journal name Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1380-3395
Publication date 2007-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13803390701612209
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 29
Issue 8
Start page 793
End page 803
Total pages 11
Place of publication Hove, E. Sussex, U.K.
Publisher Psychology Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Although until recently much of the evidence for pregnancy-related deficits in memory was anecdotal or based on self-report, a number of studies have now been conducted that have tested whether these subjective appraisals of memory difficulties reflect objective impairment. However, these studies have failed to yield consistent results. A meta-analysis of the 14 studies that have been conducted over the past 17 years comparing pregnant and/or postpartum women with healthy matched controls on behavioral measures of memory was conducted. The results indicate that pregnant women are significantly impaired on some, but not all, measures of memory, and, specifically, memory measures that place relatively high demands on executive cognitive control may be selectively disrupted. The same specific deficits associated with pregnancy are also observed postpartum. These findings highlight the need for exploration of the etiologies and functional consequences of pregnancy-related memory difficulties and may help to guide the interpretation of neuropsychological data for the purpose of determining cognitive status in individuals who are pregnant or postpartum.
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Institutional Status Non-UQ

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