Having Children May Make Women Mentally Sharper Later in Life

A new study from the University of Oslo suggests that, despite the effects of “baby brain” and sleepless nights in new mothers, having children may make women mentally sharper in later life.Having Children May Make Women Mentally Sharper Later in Life

For the study, the team of scientists analyzed MRI scans of more than 12,000 patients. The analysis showed that women who gave birth to one or more children have “younger” brains than those who never had kids. Also, the researchers note that having more children, up to 5, seems to be better for grey matter.

The researchers write in their paper: “Women who have children may benefit from positive effects later in life, which may arise because hormones or immune factors related to pregnancy and childbirth have a protective effect against brain aging.”

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