However, the researchers emphasized that they are still not sure if the grey matter shrinkage resulted from the same pruning that happens with teenagers.
One thing that they determined is that the part that shrunk the most is responsible for social cognition, an area that lets us predict what someone else is thinking or feeling.
Interestingly, when the mothers are shown the photos of their infants, the same area lit up, meaning, it was activated.
According to the researchers, improved social cognition may help the mother take care of her newborn. This is because she will be better at figuring out the meaning behind her baby’s cries and coos.
Right now, the authors of the study cannot say whether the brain changes are permanent or not, but results showed they lasted for 2 years after giving birth.
Mothers understand that getting pregnant and giving birth will lead to many changes – both physically and mentally. How a woman’s body changes after pregnancy depend on many things, like for instance, how much weight they gained while carrying their little one.
Throughout these changes, what matters is continuously taking steps towards achieving and maintaining overall health.
Learn more about pregnancy here.