(Telegraph) Women’s brains grow after giving birth
“Baby brain” is a myth scientists have claimed after discovering women’s brains actually grow during motherhood.
The popular belief that women’s minds turn to mush during pregnancy and birth is completely wrong and their grey matter actually increases, they say. Research published by the American Psychological Association found that the brains of new mothers bulked up as they coped with the steep learning curve of dealing with a newborn.
Mothers who gushed the most about their babies showed the greatest growth in key parts of the brain, it was found.
The researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health in Maryland scanned the brains of 19 women who gave birth to 10 to boys and nine to girls. A comparison of images taken two to four weeks and three to four months after the women gave birth showed that grey matter volume increased by a small but significant amount in various parts of the brain.