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Motherhood Improves Brain
Medical News Today ^ | Otober15, 2008

Posted on 10/15/2008 3:28:30 AM PDT by don-o

Researchers in the US found that contrary to the popular view that having children reduces a woman's brainpower, having children actually improves her lifelong mental agility and protects her brain against the neurodegenerative diseases of old age.

The research was carried out by Dr Craig Kinsley, professor of neuroscience at the University of Richmond, Virginia, and colleagues, and will be presented at the Society for Neuroscience 2008 conference which is to take place from 15 to 19 November in Washington DC.

Kinsley said that while a woman may experience an apparent loss of brain function while she is pregnant, this could be because parts of her brain are being remodelled in preparation for dealing with the complicated demands of childrearing.

"The changes that kick in then could last for the rest of their lives, bolstering cognitive abilities and protecting them against degenerative diseases," said Kinsley, according to a Times Online report.

A number of studies have reported that women appear to reduce their memory and reasoning ability when they are pregnant. But Kinsley and colleagues suggest this is a temporary result of the remodelling that is going on, which in the long term boosts the woman's brainpower beyond what she had before she was expecting.

(Excerpt) Read more at medicalnewstoday.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: brain; motherhood; neuroscience; psychology

1 posted on 10/15/2008 3:28:30 AM PDT by don-o
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To: don-o

I graduated from law school with a two year old. The year I was pregnant with him, I scored in the top ten of my class.


2 posted on 10/15/2008 3:37:17 AM PDT by Mercat
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Researchers in the US found that contrary to the popular view that having children reduces a woman's brainpower

HUH?!

Maybe that's a "popular view" amongst the Leftist set, but this is the first time I've ever heard of it.

having children actually improves her lifelong mental agility and protects her brain against the neurodegenerative diseases of old age.

Makes sense. Being responsible for the development of another person - from pre-birth to adulthood - will make your brain more "agile" and active.

Being mentally active - reading, doing crosswords, learning new skills throughout life, etc - is known to protect against problems such as Alzheimer's.

There's also the "protection" in old age of having children to rely on. But, ah, that's more financial and emotional. heh.

Kinsley said that while a woman may experience an apparent loss of brain function while she is pregnant,

...snip...

A number of studies have reported that women appear to reduce their memory and reasoning ability when they are pregnant.

So women are crazy when they're pregnant. Big deal. Let's see a man keep it together while there's another human growing inside of 'em. :P

3 posted on 10/15/2008 3:38:51 AM PDT by CE2949BB (McCain/Palin 08)
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To: Mrs. Don-o; HonestConservative; Fudd Fan; eeevil conservative

Motherhood ping


4 posted on 10/15/2008 3:42:39 AM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben, reports to Parris Island on October 20)
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To: don-o

Sorry, we do loose our ability to concentrate during pregnancy, and this is natures way of raising your distractability so that the smallist of acts on the part of your child quickly gains your attention.

This ability is however not the slightest bit relevant to intelligence. I does however impact the perception of a person as ditsy.

And, the old you, never returns. It just doesn’t. Its not supposed to. Hence the species survives.


5 posted on 10/15/2008 3:47:46 AM PDT by HonestConservative (Go Baroke with Barack)
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To: don-o

Well, yes. I’m the smartest person on earth now, everyone might as well just admit it.


6 posted on 10/15/2008 3:52:45 AM PDT by Tax-chick (After 5:00 p.m., slip brains through slot in door.)
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To: Tax-chick

If a man speaks in the forest and there is no woman there to hear him, is he still wrong?


7 posted on 10/15/2008 4:02:00 AM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben, reports to Parris Island on October 20)
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To: don-o

I dunno, seems like out of all the millions of mothers chasing around holy terrors like me, there’d be plenty that knock themselves silly a time or two.

Having a son surely lowers the brain cell count.
Maybe the tranquility of daughters balances it out...at least for the first decade or so...


8 posted on 10/15/2008 4:03:18 AM PDT by BobbyT
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To: CE2949BB
Let's see a man keep it together while there's another human growing inside of 'em. :P

It's not the growing-inside-of-me part that scares me.

It's the coming-out part....

;->

9 posted on 10/15/2008 4:04:03 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: don-o

The only semester undergrad when I got a 4.0 (A) average was the semester I had son #2 smack dab in the middle of it.

His imminent birth forced me to organize & work ahead. And son #1 also turned one year old then, so I had 2 kids under 18 months.

I was younger then :-)


10 posted on 10/15/2008 4:09:41 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Izzy Dunne
It's the coming-out part....

When it came time for our first son, he not only refused to assume the head down position, he had his right heel behind his head. He turned out fine. See tagline.

11 posted on 10/15/2008 4:12:47 AM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben, reports to Parris Island on October 20)
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To: don-o

It depends ... is he a Democrat?


12 posted on 10/15/2008 4:15:48 AM PDT by Tax-chick (After 5:00 p.m., slip brains through slot in door.)
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To: Tax-chick
is he a Democrat?

Hush yo mouf!

13 posted on 10/15/2008 4:20:33 AM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben, reports to Parris Island on October 20)
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To: don-o
Researchers in the US found that contrary to the popular view that having children reduces a woman's brainpower, having children actually improves her lifelong mental agility and protects her brain against the neurodegenerative diseases of old age.

I don't know about that...when I was a child my sainted mom would go beat red and screw up my name trying to get me to stop doing something...and that was while I was an only child...after my sister came along and spoiled everything I thought my name had changed to Don'tdothat...and at my wedding reception she kept referring to herself as the brides mother in law.
14 posted on 10/15/2008 4:28:34 AM PDT by crazyhorse691 (McCain will screw the conservatives, but, Obama will screw the whole country.)
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To: don-o

“Are you pondering what I’m pondering, Pinky?” “I think so Brain, but where does a mouse get a sex-change?”


15 posted on 10/15/2008 4:49:52 AM PDT by ClaudiusI
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To: don-o

So is the effect genetic or environmental—i.e. does pregnancy affect brain structure, or is it simply the effect on the “plastic brain” of raising kids. I didn’t see anything in the article about using adoptive mothers who haven’t been pregnant as a control group. It seems to me that a well-designed study would do so.


16 posted on 10/15/2008 5:00:15 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog ( The Hog of Steel)
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To: don-o

“I’m not being a mental patient, I’m just redoing the frontal lobe. Do you like the mobile?”


17 posted on 10/15/2008 5:30:36 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast
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To: LongElegantLegs

Good news for us ping!


18 posted on 10/15/2008 6:35:55 AM PDT by Vor Lady (Proud to support Sarah Palin for Vice President!)
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To: HonestConservative; don-o; Tax-chick
When I was pregnant with our Ben, I was full of anxieties and sleep disturbances to the extent that I thought I was going nuts, and so foggy mentally I referred to it was MMS (Maternal Mushbrian Syndrome). I remember thinking how glad I was to be married to a really great guy (take a bow, Don-o) who could take over the executive functions for both of us for awhile.

I do think I've recovered. I console myself by thinking of Elizabeth Anscombe, brilliant Oxford philosopher and mother of seven, ---here's the wiki bio of Anscombe particularly for your edification, dear Tax-Chick.

But then there's this:

"In 2005, according to an article in Scientific American, scientists at the National University of Singapore reported that they found evidence of new brain circuits growing from fetal cells that had migrated into the brains of pregnant mice."

Uh-oh...

19 posted on 10/15/2008 6:47:44 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Mammalia Primatia Hominidae Homo sapiens. Still working on the "sapiens" part.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

So I could have Pat’s brain growing ... Eeeeew! Where’s the Guinness?!?

Mrs. Anscombe seems like a fine person who has a lot in common with you!


20 posted on 10/15/2008 6:53:55 AM PDT by Tax-chick (After 5:00 p.m., slip brains through slot in door.)
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To: crazyhorse691

No offense - but all y’all are approaching this from the wrong perspective. How many liberal childless women can you name out there (esp. LSM) who are showing poorer neurodegenerative thought processes?!?!

No Helen Thomas pictures please!


21 posted on 10/15/2008 6:56:24 AM PDT by BrandtMichaels
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To: Tax-chick
More on the wonderful Mrs. Anscombe.

I don't think there's a good, comprehensive bio of her out there. I sure wish some of her colleagues, kids, and co-conspirators would take up a task so important to Catholic civilization.

22 posted on 10/15/2008 7:14:01 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Mammalia Primatia Hominidae Homo sapiens. Still working on the "sapiens" part.)
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To: don-o

Yes.


23 posted on 10/15/2008 8:10:47 AM PDT by HonestConservative (Go Baroke with Barack)
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To: HonestConservative

I, of course, knew the answer before I asked the question.


24 posted on 10/15/2008 8:15:14 AM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben, reports to Parris Island on October 20)
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To: don-o

Man, I’m only 12 weeks into my first pregnancy and yes, the pregnancy brain thing is real. I keep losing words - can’t find the word I need to describe things.


25 posted on 10/15/2008 8:26:36 AM PDT by JenB
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To: JenB; Mrs. Don-o

That happy news (the pregnancy, not the mushbrain) makes me glad I posted the thread!

As the Mrs says above, this is where the man gets to step up - though, truth be told, I have little memory of it.


26 posted on 10/15/2008 8:49:39 AM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben, reports to Parris Island on October 20)
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To: Vor Lady

They could’ve just asked me why pregnant women are so retarded, instead of wasting all that time and money.
Two words:

SLEEP DEPRIVATION.

Let’s see how bright those researchers are on four hours of sleep, with all the nutrients they consume going to nourish junior’s growing brain and body, center of gravity shifting every week, etc etc etc...


27 posted on 10/15/2008 12:13:50 PM PDT by LongElegantLegs (They're penguins! Just wipe the oil off the white parts and toss 'em back!!)
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