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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.

Hormonal influence

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

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