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7 Changes to the Brain of a New Mom
Increased Gray matter Concentration
Increased gray matter concentration in brain regions involved in social cognition, empathy, and maternal behavior.
Brain regions involved in emotion regulation, empathy, and social interaction show increased activity
contributing to maternal feelings of love, protectiveness, and worry.
Growth in the amygdala
The amygdala, responsible for memory processing and emotional reactions, undergoes growth after giving birth.
Activation of reward centers
By looking at her baby, a mother's brain's reward centers light up, creating positive feelings and motivating caregiving behaviors.
Hormones like oxytocin, interact with the amygdala and other brain regions to promote bonding and sensitivity to the baby's cues.
Development of brain-hormone-behavior constellation
Women have a brain-hormone-behavior constellation that is naturally primed for mothering