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Cognitive Changes in Pregnancy 

Cognitive Changes in Pregnancy
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Cognitive Changes in Pregnancy
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Miriam T. Weber

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190667351.003.0008
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date: 13 August 2020

Subjective memory complaints are commonly reported in pregnancy and the postpartum period. Given the frequency of such complaints, there is great interest in understanding the effects of pregnancy and the postpartum period on objectively measured cognitive function in healthy women, as well as the potential clinical significance of subjective memory complaints (SMC) in this population. In this chapter, we review the literature examining objective cognitive function in pregnant and postpartum women. We focus on studies that employed neuropsychological tests of memory and other domains of cognitive function, discuss the literature on contributions to cognitive changes in pregnancy and postpartum, and outline a care pathway for practitioners encountering pregnant women with cognitive concerns.

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