How many mothers are the miserable mother?

What do you bring to your mother’s body?

The first thing most people think of is the physical suffering of side cutting, tearing, rectus abdominis, and pelvic foundation relaxation;

Few people really understand that the transformation that is happening in the mother’s brain–

The phrase "three years of pregnancy" has cheated us for decades.

October pregnant, once childbirth, reshape life.Pregnancy is an extreme biological process, marking the great changes in women’s lives.

But the impact of fertility on the female brain is much more complicated than we think …

The extensive recognition of the "pregnancy stupid" view originated from the end of the last century.A study published in "New Scientist" showed that women’s brains have narrowed in the third trimester, and it takes six months to recover.[1]

Although this study only explained the image results of magnetic resonance in the brain, there was no psychological test and memory functional assessment of pregnant mothers; at the time, the media conducted a great rendering of context.

In the news report, the one -sided -oriented title such as "she is pregnant, her brain shrinks" is widely used, and there will be cases of pregnant mothers who appear in the article in the article to prove the conclusion of "shrinking the head".[2]

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When the objective results are interpreted by options, the people in it will be farther and farther away from the "truth".

At that time, related scientific research has just begun, and people’s changes in their physiology during pregnancy are mostly from the summary of experience.

The rich examples in the report aroused a lot of resonance.The US Psychological Association (APA) survey found that 50%to 80%of women said they had decreased attention and memory during pregnancy.[3]

In life, the emergence of throwing Sanluo, slow response, emotional fluctuations, etc. also made them believe that "pregnancy makes people stupid".

But with the deepening of scientific research, people have obtained a subversive conclusion-

| In 2014, scholars conducted neurological assessment tests on women in the third trimester, three months after giving birth, and women who did not get pregnant.Although mothers generally believe that their level of cognition has declined, the results show that they have no significant differences between memory, attention, learning ability, visual space, and execution functions, and there is no significant difference between women who are not pregnant.[4]

| In 2020, a research conclusion of a combination of questionnaire surveys and computer tests also shows that: compared with women who have never been pregnant or have given birth to childrenExecute control.[5]

In fact, the symptoms of mothers’ brain narrowing and "silly" do not mean the loss of function. On the contrary, it is a sign of the reconstruction of the brain circuit. Some very important brain areas are actually getting larger.

To some extent, these changes will eventually make them smarter.[3]

"In order to make the fetus grow, women’s body must go through a lot of adaptation process" [6]

From the fluctuation of hormone levels to the scale of the brain size, the evidence from the animal world shows:

In order to better take care of the baby’s health and safety, the mother’s brain will make adaptive changes in terms of form, physiology and function.[7]

Source: "The Maternal’baby Brain’revisite"

Through the MRI resonance imaging (MRI) technology, neurologists discovered:

After pregnancy, the gray quality area in women’s brains has been significantly reduced, emotional and facial recognition capabilities have enhanced, helping mothers to better identify their children’s emotions and needs, and keenly perceive potential threats.[8]

Psychologists speculate that this may be the reason why the mother is easily awakened when the baby turns over, and the father is still sleeping very fragrant.

Source: "Pregnancy Leads to Long-Lasting Changes in Human Brain Structure"

In the process of fertility, the hypothalamus, forehead and almond nucleus in the mother’s brain will also become larger, making them more "maternal intuition".

The more these brain areas increase, the more my mother recognizes her baby, and feels that they are special and perfect.

Such changes can also assist mothers to predict the baby’s needs and make corresponding plans.For example, prepare snack toys in time, take time from busy work to take the child to see a doctor … [3]

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"Stronger brain" is a step -by -step process.

In the early pregnancy, when the brain circuit began to reconstruct, the mothers’ brains seemed to be a messy construction site.When the baby is born, the nerve change will gradually stabilize, making the brain an orderly, more efficient, and more focused.

Cognitive neurologist Craig Kinsley said that this may be the reason why women "confused" in the early stages of pregnancy.[3] [10]

Therefore, for mothers, the changes in the brain brought by fertility are not defects, but practical skills and the advantages of parenting.

And has confirmed that the maternal nature brought by the changes in the functional structure of the brain after childbirth will play a functional neurological protection role in her mother’s later years, making their brains look younger and more flexible.[11]

In fact, the academic community has always had many different views on the cause of "mother’s brain":

The rise in sex hormone levels affects memory, decreased sleep quality after pregnancy makes people fall into fatigue, and the pressure brought by the new identity of the mother makes the brain overloaded … [8]

Another point of view is that the priority of the mother’s brain memory has changed.[3]

In order to raise the baby’s brain, the mother is re -assigned for energy and resources [6], so that they will no longer focus on their children with more attention.[3]

This is why the seemingly "forgetful" mother can always clearly write down things related to the baby.

Even if there are divergent opinions in the academic circles, "mother love" still flows in the words of these theories.

However, the discrimination and bias brought about by the "silly three years of pregnancy" caused them to be "punished by motherhood".

Sociologists analyzed that when men become dads, their salary will increase by 6%, and each child is born with a child, and their salary will be reduced by 4%.[12]

In actual work, it has become a leader in the workplace, and generally has stronger listening ability, communication ability, team cooperation ability, and crisis response ability.But 82%of the workplace mothers said that they encountered obstacles during the promotion.[13]

Source: "Modern Family Index 2018"

Not only are they more likely to be rejected by new jobs, they even face more cruel "dual standards" -also parents, but people think that father can work better than mothers.[13]

Helplessly, women who are considered "silly for three years" often stand on the side of prejudice.

Moms’ ridicule of their physiological changes brought psychological hints and deepened stereotypes.[14]

Just like people often say that "girls are not as good as boys."The more women are exposed to this view, the easier it is to fire itself and make a negative evaluation of themselves, so it really does not perform well in this field.

Whether the pregnancy really makes the mothers "stupid", or the pressure from the society and the uneven distribution of resources, causing depression and anxiety to attack women who are susceptible to being susceptible to pregnancy, and put them into a vicious circle of self -denial?

Women’s sensitivity to the evaluation of the outside world should not be a weapon to be stigmatized at different stages of life.

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The breeding of life seems to be rare, but every moment women experienced in this long process must face huge challenges and uncertainty.

It may be a bit cruel to decorate the pain and sacrifice the mother’s nature.

Compared to gaze eyes, real support and understanding, psychological care and care, and equal treatment at the social level are what they really need.

Starting today, please let go of the prejudice of "pregnancy stupid" and prepare to say to them: "Happy Mother’s Day."

[1] New Scientist.pregnant Women get that shrinking feling [n].

[2] Brett, M., & Baxendale, S. (2001). Motherhood and Memory: a Review. PsychoneuroEntery, 26 (4), 339-362.

[3] [Mei] Daniel Yamon. Huang Yan Ping. Women’s brain [M]. Zhejiang People’s Publishing House, 2018.

[4] Logan D M, Hill K R, Jones R, Et Al. How Do Memory and Attentation with Pregnancy and Childbirth? A Controlled Longitudinal Examination of Neuropsychology CAL Functioning in Pregnant and Postpartum Women [J]. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 2014 2014, 36 (5): 528-539.

[5] Miller, V., Vanworker, L.A. & Veile, A. ASSESSMENT of Attention in Biology Mothers USING The Attention Network TEST -Revised. Curr Psychol 41, 3418–342 7 (2022).

[6] Alexis, W. (2018, February 28), How Pregnancy Changes the Brain. Www.brainFacts.org.

[7] Barha, C. K., & Galea, L. A. (2017). The Maternal’baby Brain’revisited. Nature Neuroscience, 20 (2), 134-135.

[8] Hoekzema, E., Barba-Müller, E., Pozzobon, C. Et Al. Pregnancy to Long-Lasting Changes in Human Brain Structure.

[9] Kendra Cherry.the Truth About Pregnancy Brain [Z] .verywellfamily

[10] Barda, G., Mizrachi, Y., BOROKCHOCH, I. Et Al. Effect of Pregnancy on Maternal Cognition. SCI REP 11, 12187 (2021).

[11] Edwina R Orchard, Phillip G D Ward, Sidhant Chopra, Elsdon Storey, Gary F Egan, SHARNA D JAMADAR, NeuroProtective Effects of Motherhood on Brain Function In L ATE LIFE: A Resting-State FMRI Study, CEREBRAL CORTEX, VOLUME 31, Issue2, February 2021, Pages 1270–1283

[12] CAITLIN Ultimo.Please Stop USING The PHRASE ‘Mom Brain’ [Z] ParezTs.

[13] Bright Horizons.modern Family INDEX 2018 [R].

[14] POWNALL, M., Conner, M., & Hutter, R. R. (2023). Blame It on Her ‘Baby Brain’? InVestigating the Contents of Social STEREOTYPES About Pregnant Women’s WARMT h and competence. British Journal of Social Psychology, 62(2), 692-707.

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