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How motherhood changes the brain in practical and beneficial ways

Pregnancy and parenthood cranks neurological development up a gear to increase levels of empathy 

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BBC Science journalist Melissa Hogenboom

BBC Science journalist Melissa Hogenboom

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We all know that pregnancy and parenthood brings about profound changes. Yet while we’re aware of some of the more visible changes — the bump, the swelling, the look of chronic exhaustion — there’s a lot less focus on how the brain changes through gestation and parenthood.

And even when these changes are acknowledged, they’re usually dismissed as ‘mum brain’ or ‘pregnancy brain’ — slip-ups and oversights that tend to come with associations of scattiness.


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