Baby brain?

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - M & B Awards -

Preg­nancy does have a big im­pact on the brains of mums-to-be – but not in the way you might ex­pect. The re­sults of a study of 25 women pub­lished in Na­ture Neu­ro­science found changes in the size and struc­ture of the women’s brains when they were car­ry­ing a baby com­pared to be­fore the preg­nancy. Specif­i­cally, grey mat­ter in cer­tain ar­eas of the brain shrank, and stayed that way for up to two years. But rather than be­ing a case of dumb­ing down, re­searchers think the shrink­age is part of a process that ac­tu­ally helps those parts of the brain be­come more spe­cialised and ef­fi­cient in prepa­ra­tion for meet­ing the needs of a baby. Ac­cord­ing to study co-au­thor Erika Barba, “these changes con­cern brain ar­eas as­so­ci­ated with func­tions nec­es­sary to man­age the chal­lenges of mother­hood.” If you are plagued with fog­gi­ness or for­get­ful­ness, it may not be the ex­pla­na­tion you were hop­ing for, but it is a re­minder that your body has got this, girl!

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