Many women report memory loss shortly after childbirth and sometimes during the last trimester. What causes these memory lapses? Why should a woman suffer amnesia after childbirth? What causes postpartum amnesia?
Causes of post-partum amnesia
Studies reveal that three major factors are responsible for memory loss after parturition. While not all women are affected, those who are lose their memory due to hormonal changes, stress and lack of enough sleep, and constant lactation.
Pregnancy and childbirth result it a sharp variation in the concentration of various hormones resulting into temporary memory loss in women shortly after childbirth. The rapid change in serum concentrations of estrogen, progesterone and follicle stimulating hormone is enough to result into post-partum amnesia. The body itself should be able to regulate hormone levels with time.
Stress and lack of sleep
New mothers rarely sleep due to stress and anxiety. They are awake when the child is awake and remain awake or fail to sleep sufficiently after the baby goes to sleep. Worrying about the baby may lead to sleeplessness hence further aggravating the situation. When the brain doesn’t rest, memory loss may result. Taking turns with a spouse when attending to the baby and getting adequate sleep helps remedy this. Taking short naps during the day also assists the new mother stay in control of her faculties.
Lactating mothers lose a lot of minerals and nutrients during breastfeeding leading to memory loss. Loss of minerals such as zinc and essential sugars such as glucose which is necessary for brain function may lead to temporary amnesia among new mothers. Taking supplements and feeding on small rations regularly should improve memory and prevent postpartum amnesia.