Children are the best thing a woman can wish for but before they are born, and even after, they make you lose your mind. A new study shows that pregnancy causes certain changes in a woman’s brain. Researchers discovered that this is a good thing, for both mother and child.
During pregnancy, women experience a lot of changes including hormonal and biological changes. Women also experience psychological changes but researchers weren’t able to figure out exactly what changes. This was until now.
Researchers were able to conduct a study about the way pregnancy changes the female brain. Researchers tested fathers and mothers in order to see if there are any psychological changes in the male brain during their partner’s pregnancy.
In order to see what changed during pregnancy, researchers tested woman and men before and after the babies were born. They wanted to see if these changes affected in any way the brain structure. They discovered that the brain structure is affected and there is a loss of gray matter too. The gray matter is lost in some regions that are responsible for social cognition.
The authors of the study mentioned that the changes were big and they were observed during and after a woman was pregnant. They also discovered that these changes remain in a woman’s brain up until her children are one or two years old.
As expected, the male brain did not experience any changes. The changes that occurred in a pregnant women’s brain help her transition to motherhood. The authors of the study believe that this is kind of a mechanism that helps women act like mothers once the baby is born.
This study was a small one; only 25 women participated and 20 men. Additionally, there were 20 women who were never pregnant in order to have a control group too. During and after the study, the only ones that showed changes in the brain including loss of gray matter were the pregnant women.
This research shows that women need to adapt to their own pregnancy before they are prepared for their children. This is why, during pregnancy, women experience so many changes, in order to be prepared for the baby that is going to come.
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