How’s this for a headline? New Mothers Grow Bigger Brains Within Months of Giving Birth: Warmer Feelings Toward Babies Linked to Bigger Mid-Brains!
You know that pregnancy brain mush we all talk about…apparently it’s not true. New research published by the American Psychological Association found that the brains of new mothers bulked up in areas linked to motivation and behavior, and that mothers who gushed the most about their babies showed the greatest growth in key parts of the mid-brain.
The neuroscientists said the motivation to take care of a baby, and the hallmark traits of motherhood, might be less of an instinctive response and more of a result of active brain building.
Their findings were published in the October issue of Behavioral Neuroscience. You can read more here.