When the Fetus Influences the Maternal Brain

What could be more logical? The fetus directs the metabolism and the mother’s body in his favor: the brain too. To the mum to be conquered by her baby when it is released.
The degree of attachment of the mother varies from one woman to another … and for the first time, a study published in Neuroscience lNature about the effects of pregnancy on the human brain have been studied.
This research seems to indicate even one day, it will be possible to predict the degree of the mother’s attachment to her child after birth, according to these changes.
Researchers from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and the Research Institute Hospital del Mar (IMIM), affiliated to the IVI clinic in Barcelona, demonstrate sustainable anatomical changes in the brain of pregnant women, neural morphological changes could have implications for improving the relationship with the baby and the sense of protection and could pertister at least 2 years after delivery.
For MRI, it was observed in primiparous loss of gray matter in areas related to social behavior. These areas have responded to pictures of their own babies as opposed to other baby pictures.
To carry out the research, the authors compared 25 MRI images of pregnant women before and after childbirth, including 19 fathers for the first time and a group of 20 control women without children who were not pregnant during the study and 17 control men without children. The follow-up period of the study was 5 years and 4 months.
The loss of gray matter occurred among pregnant women studied and is unique to each of them, which promotes the connection of these changes in the brain biological process of pregnancy, rather than the changes associated with the arrival of the baby, as all fathers may experience.
In addition, the study has unambiguously determine whether women in the study had been pregnant before, based on changes in the volume of gray matter and even predict the degree of maternal attachment after the birth of their children. In addition, the study included women who underwent fertility treatment and those who got pregnant naturally and the decreases observed in gray matter were nearly identical for both groups.
Meanwhile, no evidence has been made that would support the fact that pregnancy affects memory and other intellectual abilities for the women in the study, and therefore, it is estimated that the loss of volume of gray matter n ‘implies no cognitive defects; rather the opposite. What would be the indication of an adaptive reorganization of the brain, in order to improve the mother’s sensitivity to recognize, for example, threatening faces or easily anticipate the emotions of the baby.