8. Having a Baby Makes Mom Smarter

Seriously, having a baby makes a mother's brain grow. In a recent scientific study, doctors scanned the brains of women right after giving birth and again 3 months later and found significant growth in their brains. The areas known as the hypothalamus, amygdala and substantia nigra and the pre-frontal cortex were the areas where growth was found. The pre-frontal cortex, as many of you may know, is the area of the brain that controls decision making. Seems our new mothers were more equipped to make decisions for the good of their child.

The hypothalamus is the area of the brain that is the most active and is linked to your pleasure, sexual satisfaction, anger and aggressive behaviour (protection mode released!) emotions and your response to pain (you can thank childbirth.) Your amygdala is the small clusters of neurons that control your aggression. Once again, we see maternal protective instinct here. they say that this area of the brain can be removed from an animal to tame them, so you know it getting bigger makes you one tough momma, right? Lastly, the substantia, which helps control eye movement, learning and addiction. As far as I can tell, the only thing that this could relate to motherhood is that it is a learning experience, your eyes are constantly searching out your baby when it's not in your arms and you are totally addicted to that little bundle! What do you think?

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