Recent study has found that pregnancy and motherhood could stimulate certain permanent changes in the brain.
"Our most recent research shows that previous motherhood alters cognition and neuroplasticity in response to hormone therapy, demonstrating that motherhood permanently alters the brain," said researcher Liisa Galea from University of British Columbia in Canada.
The study focused on a specific brain region, called the hippocampus, which has important roles in memory and spatial ability, such as navigational skills.
Lead author Dr. Liisa concluded that hormones have a profound impact on minds and pregnancy is a life-changing event, resulting in marked alterations in the psychology and physiology of a woman, so these factors should be taken into account when treating brain disorders in women.
The research findings were presented at the 9th Annual Canadian Neuroscience Meeting.