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The Effects of Pregnancy & Motherhood on the Brain.

Neuroscientist Elseline Hoekzema, revealed that during pregnancy women undergo significant brain remodelling that persists for at least two years after birth. The study also offers preliminary evidence that this remodelling may play a role in helping women transition into motherhood. “Again and again, when you have a baby, you will find yourself acting without thinking. You will draw on maternal instincts, developing intuitive ways of holding, touching and making sounds that build the relationship between you and your baby” ( Stern 1998) The research team, performed brain scans on first-time mothers before and after pregnancy and found significant changes in their gray matter. Strangely, ve

 

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