Distinct, Long-Lasting Brain Changes Result From Pregnancy
The changes — which last up to two years — affect the parts of the brain that might help new mothers bond with their babies. Meanwhile, a new report suggests that more women are using marijuana while pregnant.
The Washington Post:
Pregnancy Changes The Brain For As Long As Two Years
For the first time, scientists have found evidence of specific and long-lasting changes in the brains of pregnant women. The changes were measured in brain areas that are responsible for social cognition and the ability to understand the thoughts and intentions of others, suggesting that they may intensify maternal bonding with a newborn. (Nutt, 12/19)
The Associated Press:
US Women Increasingly Use Pot During Pregnancy, Study Finds
U.S. women are increasingly using marijuana during pregnancy, sometimes to treat morning sickness, new reports suggest. Though the actual numbers are small, the trend raises concerns because of evidence linking the drug with low birth weights and other problems. In 2014, almost 4 percent of pregnant women said they’d recently used marijuana, up from 2.4 percent in 2002, according to an analysis of annual drug use surveys. (Tanner, 12/19)