Episode 6 - Baby brain and changes to the maternal brain
Jodi Pawluski is:
a researcher at the university of Rennes 1
Editorial Board member - Archives of Women's Mental Health @AWMH_Journal.
Co-organizer Parental Brain Meeting 2018
Fellow International Behavioral Neuroscience Society • www.ibnsconnect.org@IBNSConnect
Changes to the maternal brain known as neuroplasticity.
Functional MRI studies show the changes in the maternal brain.
We discuss the common references to “baby brain” or “porridge brain - over 75% of women report short-term memory loss/forgetfulness/loss of concentration/spatial memory deficits.
The positive reason for the changes in the maternal brain is an evolutionary trade off with cognitive abilities so we can care for our offspring.
Maternal responsiveness is not exclusive to mothers but can apply to other care givers.
In pregnancy the brain size reduces and then returns to pre-conception levels by around 6 months' postpartum.
Parental brain conference sees experts in the field meet every 3 years.
There was an article in the news which suggested baby brain is increasingly misleading but this is not entirely accurate according to Jodi.
Maternal stress can affect the plasticity of the maternal brain.
Pregnancy/motherhood well documented time for reduction in response to stress.
Jodi's main goal in researching this field.
What women can do with this new research.
What services Jodi would like to see available to women in an ideal world.
The need for more focus on the mother's developmental changes as current focus is mainly centred on the baby.
Connect with Jodi: www.jodipawluski.weebly.com Twitter: @JodiPawluski
Parental Brain Conference Twitter: @ParentalBrain Facebook Group: Parental Brain
-Editorial Board member - Archives of Women's Mental Health @AWMH_Journal
-Co-organizer Parental Brain Meeting 2018: www.parentalbrain2018.com@ParentalBrain
-Fellow International Behavioral Neuroscience Society • www.ibnsconnect.org@IBNSConnect