Maternal brain changes
I didn't realise how much of a geek I was (hubby said who are you kidding. Ok, I was that kid who loved being in the school library!).
I was so excited to read a new research paper on the maternal brain.
They compared and analysed longitudinal MRIs of 25 first‐time mothers (before and after pregnancy) and compared them to those of a group of 25 female adolescents (during 2 years of pubertal development).
The changes associated with pregnancy did NOT differ from those that characterise the transition during ADOLESCENCE in any of the measures looked at.
"Our findings are consistent with the notion that the brain morphometric changes associated with pregnancy and adolescence reflect similar hormonally primed biological processes."
The research paper can be found here.