Pregnancy increases activity in right hemisphere of mother's brain

4 years ago
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Can you guess what the right side of your brain controls? 

Yep. Emotional skills.

New research indicates that during pregnancy, we have increased activity in the right side of our brain to make us "more sensitive during childbirth" so we can bond with our child.

Apparently, our brain volume shrinks by 4% during pregnancy (but returns to normal after delivery- and I'd argue, after we start getting sleep!) and we have a slight decrease in memory and learning (READ: "Mommy brain is real!") to help prepare us for cognitive benefits once the baby is born.

In this particular study, they found that pregnant women used the right side of their brains (even more than new mothers), especially when processing positive facial expressions.

What was also interesting is that new mothers suffering from postnatal depression "sometimes interpret their baby's emotional expressions as more negative than they really are." 

Here's what I read:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/276446.php

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