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The maternal 'baby brain' revisited

Pregnancy results in changes to maternal physiology and brain that may extend into older age. New results show that pregnancy-induced reductions in gray matter volume remain 2 years after childbirth in humans.

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Figure 1: Effect of pregnancy on maternal brain, behavior and physiology across the lifespan.

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Barha, C., Galea, L. The maternal 'baby brain' revisited. Nat Neurosci 20, 134–135 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/nn.4473

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