In this first-of-its-kind study, researchers reported pregnancy alters the size and shape of a woman's brain during her pregnancy and for at least two years after the birth of her child.
Pregnancy involves radical hormone surges and biological adaptations that reshape the brain structure in areas controlling perception and needs of others.
Apparently, these brain-changes enhance a woman's maternal response and the more pronounced the physical change in the brain, the more bonded the mother is to her child.
The study, which took over five years to complete, was conducted by scanning the brains of women before and after giving birth. The results?
Researchers believe changes in the areas of the brain involved with the ability to register and consider the needs of others is profoundly enhanced in pregnant women and the mothers of toddlers.
"From nurturing to extra vigilance to teaching, the brains of mothers are changed," says Paul Thompson, a neuroscientist at USC.
In others words, according to Elselin Hoekzema, a researcher at Leiden University in The Netherlands and leader of this study:
"Pregnancy may help a woman's brain specialize in a mother's ability to recognize the needs of her infant, to recognize social threats or to promote mother-infant bonding."Amazing. God thinks of everything.
A wise man once said: "In Psalm 139, David affirms that the work of God in his life extended back to his development in his mother's womb. The idea is that the life of a person, and the structure and meaning of that person's life, are all established from the beginning by God." -- Michael J. Beazel, Ph.D.
"For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works" Psalm 139:13-14.News:
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