Here’s one for Mommy Brain not turning to mush! According to new research, the postpartum brain actually shows growth related to their emotional connection. They stated that the parts of the brain that showed growth were involved in motivation, reward behavior and emotion regulation, suggesting that there is a reciprocal relationship: “by reshaping itself, the postpartum brain motivates a mother to take care of her baby, and then feel happy and rewarded when she does.”
The authors admit this is an overwhelming time for new mothers who may indeed feel that their memory or other brain functions may be compromised as a result of the overload. But the upside here is that the brain seems to be charged in response to the new demands and may help mom prioritize what is really important now, the relationship with the baby. It’s very interesting, read more here.