Giving birth to a child may have a beneficial effect after a new study found that having a baby improved the mother's memory.
The study was conducted by researchers at Miami's Carlos Albizu University and involved 35 first-time mothers and 35 women who had never been pregnant. Both the groups were made to take a series of tests including intelligence tests and visuospatial memory tests.
While both the groups had similar scores in the intelligence tests, mothers performed better during the visuospatial memory tests as they were able to remember the images better and longer compared to those who had not given birth.
Lead researcher Melissa Santiago said that improvement in visuospatial memory could be beneficial for new mothers as they can quickly scan the surroundings for any danger to their children. "I'm constantly searching my environment, scanning everywhere, to make sure that they're not going to harm themselves, they're not going to do anything that will cause them to choke or to be endangered", she said.