‘Baby brain’ may not be a myth after all

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in News/Articles | 0 comments

According to a new study by scientists at Royal Holloway, University of London, there may be a scientific basis for why pregnant women complain of ‘baby brain’.  Researchers showed that pregnant women show increased activity in the right side of the brain, particularly when assessing emotions and facial expressions, in comparison to new mothers.  This is believed to provide a stronger sensitivity to emotions to better enable a mother to bond with her new baby.

“Our findings give us a significant insight into the ‘baby brain’ phenomenon that makes a woman more sensitive during the child bearing process”, said Dr Victoria Bourne, from the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway. “The results suggest that during pregnancy, there are changes in how the brain processes facial emotions that ensure that mothers are neurologically prepared to bond with their babies at birth.”

Dr Bourne said: “We know from previous research that pregnant women and new mothers are more sensitive to emotional expressions, particularly when looking at babies’ faces. We also know that new mothers who demonstrate symptoms of post-natal depression sometimes interpret their baby’s emotional expressions as more negative than they really are.”

“Discovering the neuropsychological processes that may underpin these changes is a key step towards understanding how they might influence a mother’s bonding with her baby.”

So the ‘baby brain’ myth, may not be a myth after all!

Read more at http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-05-pregnant-women-side-brain.html

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