Mother’s Day: How motherhood changes a woman’s brain

TORONTO — She’s laser-focused, with a set of sharpened senses and an enhanced ability to learn and get the job done. She’s a new mom and now that she’s looking out for two, her brain has made way for a series of changes that’ll help her in the life-long job she’s taken on.

Dr. Craig Kinsley saw it in his wife: once she learned she was having the couple’s first child, the neuroscientist’s partner Nancy sprung into action, “gathering provisions” as he called it. Before her pregnancy, Nancy was ambivalent when it came to kids. By the time their daughter was born, she was happily juggling her everyday duties along with her new responsibility of looking after another human being.

“Her behaviour just became much more efficient. She did all of those things she was doing before plus behaviours in keeping baby happy and healthy all in the same time frame,” Kinsley, of the University of Richmond, said.

“She didn’t have more time, she just knew what to do.”

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Mother’s Day: How motherhood changes a woman’s brain