Pregnancy Benefits You Didn’t Know About
You don’t have to tell us twice that those crazy pregnancy symptoms (pregnancy brain, sleepless nights, etc.) are pretty annoying -- but not all pregnancy symptoms are negative. A new study in the journal Current Directions in Psychological Science looked at the changes in a woman’s body during pregnancy and the connection between woman’s health and behavior during pregnancy and her baby’s development after birth. Some of the surprising findings:
-Those crazy hormone changes that are messing with your moods and body are actually preparing your brain for motherhood – you’re becoming more sensitive to your baby’s needs. And your constant bouts with “pregnancy brain”? Well, this might also be your brain changing for mommy life.
-While fostering a healthy prenatal environment for baby is important, researchers believe that similarities in environments in the womb and outside after birth matter more. According to the study, they believe that a baby who didn’t get enough nourishment in the womb can adapt to the lack of nutrients and will be able to deal with a lack of food outside of the womb, but may become obese if he eats normally.
-Your baby also affects you, too. When he moves, your heart rate goes up, even if you don’t know he’s moving, which is a sign of mother-child bonding.
Researchers add that more investigations are needed on this subject because most of the study was done with rodents. So stay tuned for more findings. We’ll keep you posted.
Did you have pregnancy brain or do you have it now? What crazy things happened to you during pregnancy?
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