When you’re running on little sleep, crackers for lunch, and pat-a-cake for exercise, you hardly feel healthy. But being a mom can benefit your body, specifically your:
“Mommy brain” is a myth; motherhood may actually cause certain areas of it to grow. Researchers say that hormonal changes reshape the brain to prepare you for nurturing your child.
A recent study found that couples with kids had lower blood pressure than those without. Experts believe that children bring purpose to your life, which may be related to better health.
Giving birth could reduce your risk of breast cancer. Having fewer menstrual cycles means less exposure to estrogen, which has been linked to an increased chance of the disease.
Fewer periods may also protect you from ovarian cancer. Some researchers believe the inflammation that occurs during ovulation damages cells, which could lead to cancerous changes.