Fact Check

Can you forget your mother tongue?

A lot of people assume that you can’t forget your mother tongue. However, although traces of it may persist forever, it is entirely possible to lose the ability to communicate in your native language. Here, we explore why and how this happens.

Is “pregnancy brain” a thing?

Some women are more forgetful during pregnancy, while others feel the same as before. Scientific evidence shows that some forms of memory function can be impaired during pregnancy, but this is not the case for all cognitive processes. If pregnancy forgetfulness is in fact a thing, we should be careful with how we, as a society, interpret this.