Scientists in London have recently found evidence that pregnant women use their right brains more than new mothers do, as they prepare to bond with their babies. “The results suggest that during pregnancy, there are changes in how the brain processes facial emotions that ensure that mothers are neurologically prepared to bond with their babies at birth”, said Dr Victoria Bourne, from the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway. Findings also suggested that the hormones activated during pregnancy fine tune the intuition that helps a woman understand her baby’s needs from the moment the child is born.
Researchers examined the brain activity of 39 pregnant women and new mothers as they looked at images of adult and baby faces making either positive or negative expressions. The results showed that pregnant women used the right side of their brain more than new mothers, particularly when processing positive emotions.