TED Talk: The Surprising Effects of Pregnancy

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Ever wondered why pregnant people sometimes feel short of breath or what makes their legs swell? This short, clear, and engaging TED Talk helps explain the changes the body goes through during pregnancy.

“Like the rest of the body, pregnancy affects the brain— but its effects here are some of the least understood. Recent studies show differences in brain scans after pregnancy and early parenting, and suggest that these changes are adaptive. That means they could help with parenting skills, such as an increased ability to read facial cues since babies can’t talk.”