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New Moms Are Smarter Than You Think

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New Moms Are Smarter Than You Think
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It may not just be your belly that grows when having a baby.  A new study coming from researchers at Yale University shows that a woman’s brain actually increases in size after giving birth.  The brain growth is being blamed on specific hormone changes that occur in a woman’s body during the weeks after having a baby.  

The study, reported about in Business Week, shows that the areas of the brain that increased in activity were the ones associated with maternal motivation, behaviour and the processing of emotions.  This may explain how new moms can deal with lack of sleep, constant feeding, diaper changing, etc. and still be able to care for their babies in a loving way.  

Interestingly, moms who showed more enthusiasm about their new babies experienced larger growth in these areas of the brain, whereas mothers who suffered from postpartum depression actually showed a decrease in brain size in these specific areas.  

Researchers believe this study proves a new mother may be driven more by their “active brain building” than an instinctual type of reaction.  The growth of brain volume is so significant in new moms because we generally do not see big changes in brain size over just a few months unless there has been a large increase of learning, brain injury, illness, or a major change in environment.

What do you think of the new study showing new moms show significant brain growth after giving birth?

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  • purplerosecharm By purplerosecharm
    11.10.10  

    I believe the other way round as I become so forgetful since I found out myself pregnant with my first child. And many girlfriends of mine think the same way. It's glad to read this article and I think that it maybe true. We women have to be multi-tasking after we have little ones added to the house which add so many works to our routines. I may have a bigger brain than I know as I need to get all the things done and DH still complains how little I have get done. I need to show him this article today.

  • mommasuesue By mommasuesue
    11.15.10  

    Interesting , MY new daughter in law just had my Grtandson ! I agree with sharman 421 also

  • yamagirl By yamagirl
    11.21.10  

    I wish someone would tell my sister in law that !!!!

  • simplelife83 By simplelife83
    03.25.11  

    I am a mother of two little ones and reading this article made me laugh! While I was pregnant with both children I could have sworn that I lost my brain somewhere. Maybe it was the hormonal changes that were occurring or maybe it was because I was so tired. Regardless, I do feel as though I am more creative and smarter in some areas than I used to be. It's good to know that I may have gotten smarter to keep up with my smarty pants kids one day :)

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