By Sara Yongblood Gregory, Mar 17, 2023

While it sounds like a pain, it’s thought that pregnancy brain is actually your body’s way of focusing on the needs of a future child, and letting the rest fall to the background. “There has been research relegated to looking specifically and directly at cognitive [function] — as well as actual structural brain changes via MRI — in pregnant women,” says Kecia Gaither, MD, a double board-certified in ob-gyn and Maternal Fetal Medicine and Director of Perinatal Services/Maternal Fetal Medicine at NYC Health. “Gray matter apparently decreases in those areas of the brain relegated to processing and responding to social signals. These changes are proposed to allow moms to respond better solely to their infants needs.”

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