Navigation Links
Pregnancy not turning minds to mush: Study
Date:10/10/2008

Pregnancy and motherhood may make us all go a little gooey, but it's not turning mums' brains into mush, according to mental health researchers at The Australian National University.

The study conducted by the Centre for Mental Health Research (CMHR) at ANU suggests that despite fears mothers may have that pregnancy affects their cognitive functions, there is no evidence to suggest that is true. The findings have been released as part of Mental Health Week, which runs until tomorrow (Saturday).

The research team, lead by CMHR Director Professor Helen Christensen, analysed information from the PATH through Life Project database and found that neither pregnancy nor motherhood had a detrimental effect on cognitive capacity.

The PATH Through Life Project began in 1999 by recruiting and interviewing 2500 young people aged between 20 and 24. The group were subsequently followed up in both 2003 and 2007. After eight years of the study, 223 of the women had become mothers and 76 had been pregnant at the time of the research interview.

"Our research suggests that although women and their partners think there may be a link between brain capacity and pregnancy and motherhood, there are certainly no permanent ones that we can find," said Professor Christensen.

"We found no effects of pregnancy on cognitive capacity and motherhood also had no detrimental effects.

"One thing we did observe was that women who have children become marginally less well educated than women who don't have children in their 20s. While this is hardly surprising, as having children will interrupt education, it is something to watch in the future as early mothers may be disadvantaged later on if they do not continue with further training," she added.

Professor Christensen said the study was only able to look at the effects of motherhood over a relatively short time, and she hoped that future human data will align with findings about mother rats.

"Rodent data shows that mother rats have improved multi-skilling capacity and less fear responses than non-mothers. The rat data suggests that mother rats navigate mazes more efficiently, have less anxiety and fear and excel at multi-skilling. That sounds to me like almost every mother I know and I hope that the human effects eventually mirror those findings," she said.


'/>"/>

Contact: Martyn Pearce
Martyn.Pearce@anu.edu.au
61-261-255-575
Research Australia
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Study identifies warning signs of pregnancy danger
2. Drug could improve pregnancy outcomes in wider range of women with insulin resistance
3. Low vitamin D during pregnancy linked to pre-eclampsia
4. Life on Mars pregnancy test successfully launched
5. Herpes virus link to complications in pregnancy
6. Exercise during pregnancy leads to a healthier heart in moms- and babies-to-be
7. Pregnancy is possible after cancer treatment
8. A new gene trigger for pregnancy disorder identified
9. A new analysis method allows to find out the sex of the baby from the second month of pregnancy
10. Diet prior to pregnancy determines sheeps gender
11. National Zoo giant panda pregnancy update
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/13/2017)... Feb. 13, 2017 Former 9/11 Commission border ... Committee, Janice Kephart of Identity Strategy Partners, ... Donald Trump,s "Executive Order: Protecting the Nation From ... 2017):  "As President Trump,s ,Travel Ban, Executive ... now essentially banned the travel ban, it is important ...
(Date:2/8/2017)... Mass., Feb. 7, 2017  Aware, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... today reported financial results for its quarter and year ended ... quarter of 2016 was $3.9 million compared to $6.9 million ... fourth quarter of 2016 was $0.6 million compared to $2.6 ... the fourth quarter of 2016 was $0.5 million, or $0.02 ...
(Date:2/7/2017)... , Feb. 7, 2017   MedNet Solutions ... the entire spectrum of clinical research, is pleased to ... , its innovative, highly flexible and award winning ... customers. iMedNet is a proven Software-as-a-Service ... Electronic Data Capture (EDC), but also delivers an entire ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/20/2017)... CA (PRWEB) , ... February 20, 2017 , ... ... announced today the re-launch of “Crosswalk Insight: Oncology™” (Crosswalk), a unique precision medicine ... of Crosswalk can now be accessed through Inspirata’s diagnostic cockpit and is downloadable ...
(Date:2/20/2017)... -- Former NFL players who had repeated head injuries may not ... to a preliminary study released today that will be presented ... Boston , April 22 to 28, 2017. ... muscles and nerves work together, like walking, kicking and writing. ... Repeated ...
(Date:2/18/2017)... February 18, 2017 Kurzlehrgang ... bei adoptiven Zelltherapie-Studien, Poster legt metaproteomische Analyse des Darm-Mikrobioms ... ... bekanntgab, wird Dr. Yoav Peretz , Scientific Director ... Entwicklung von Assays zum Nachweis intrazellulärer Zytokine bei adoptiven ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... PUNE, India , February 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... research report "Biomarkers Market by Product (Consumables, Service), ... Disorders), Application (Diagnostics Development, Drug Discovery and Development, ... MarketsandMarkets, the market is projected to reach USD ... in 2016, growing at a CAGR of 13.8% ...
Breaking Biology Technology: