I've been kind of obsessed with the way the female brain works for some time now.
This week babble published my piece, Your Brain On Pregnancy. I have read The Mommy Brain, The Female Brain, Origins and endless articles on how hormonal shifts throughout our lives shape our experiences. I have google alerts for "estrogen" and "oxytocin."
Along the way, I've learned some really cool things.
Did you know:
- Strippers make the most money when they are ovulating, and the least when they are menstruating.
- A combination of things, including brain chemistry, cause women in labor to be extremely aware of what is going on around them. If a woman is not on pain medication she may look out of it- rolling her eyes, moaning, etc- but she can hear a pin drop in the room.
- At around the age 50, oxytocin- the bonding, nurturing hormone- goes way down in women. This can pave the way for a woman's renewed interest in her career or passions outside of mothering. I thought this fact had interesting implications for those of us who become mothers very late in our child-bearing years.
For more on interesting facts about the female brain, visit Being Pregnant.
MORE ON BEING PREGNANT:
10 Brain-Boosting Foods for Pregnant Women
Mom-Recommended Cures for Morning Sickness
9 Ways Motherhood Changes Your Biology
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