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Mommy Brain: Do You Feel Smarter After Having Baby?

Mommy brain can make a person's head hurt! Some women claim their minds turned to mush after entering motherhood, but new research says the opposite. According to a study, certain parts of the brain grow when a woman is in the postpartum phase. The report said:

"'And those moms who are particularly awestruck and gushy over their babies show more growth in the brain areas associated with motivation, reward and the regulation of emotion,' the researchers said."

Science aside, inquisitive youngsters often keep their parents engaged (and searching for answers) — especially during the "why" phase which can lead to new found knowledge. What has your experience been?

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Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
I'm definitely more knowledgeable. My three-year-old asks questions like "How are Targets (yes, the stores) made?" and "Where do moles live?" and "Who builds the robots who build the cars?" I spend a LOT of time on Google. When my daughter was a baby, though, I was not "awestruck and gushy." I was profoundly depressed. I don't know whether I had any brain growth, but I will say that the older she gets, the clearer and quicker my thought process becomes.
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 7 years
i definitely know a ton of new stuff but also forgot a lot including the language that i majored in.... and i am sooo forgetful... for example I get so many library fines now! and sometimes literally forget to pay for parking.. weird how can i be smarter? i want to eat vitamins and fish oil but always forget and never find time to exercise
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