Brain development during your life
One of the many amazing facts about your brain is that your grey matter is always changing, even through adulthood. In addition to the certain things that can rewire your brain – like your diet and trying new things – it never stops changing. Here’s a look at the brain development you go through at every age, according to experts.
In uterus: brain cell growth
Before you took your first breath, your body was busy with brain development, preparing for life outside the womb. Newborns have about 100 billion neurons, says neurologist, Dr David Perlmutter. “That means the average rate of growth of brain cells during pregnancy is about 250,000 new brain cells per minute,” he says.
Newborn: more neurons and connections are built
At birth, your brain is about 60 per cent of the size it will be when you’re full-grown, says professor of neurology, Dr Frances Jensen. Your brain starts at about 350 grams, then grows another 230 grams in the first 90 days after birth, says Dr. Perlmutter. “It comes close to doubling within the first three months,” he says.