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Does having a baby change your brain?

How Being A Mother Changes The Brain

Having a baby obviously changes the appearance of a woman's body, but studies have found that it may also change a mother's brain.

As TODAY pointed out on Monday, there are different hormones released by the brain that biologically help mothers out.

The first is oxytocin, a feel-good hormone that helps a mother bond with her newborn and attracts her to her baby's scent.

hen there is prolactin, which helps a mother nurse, lets her relax and lowers a mother's sex drive.

Also, there are opioids that make a mother want to cuddle up with her infant.

And the changes don't stop there, a recent study found that brains of mothers actually expand.

"The brain regions that were identified are the ones that promote healthy mother-child interaction," a TODAY expert notes.

Another study released said women release hormones after giving birth that help them remain less rattled by stress.

And mothers aren't the only ones that are affected by babies; emotionally-involved fathers experience a decrease in testosterone and an increase in prolactin, just like the mothers.

Only fathers experience the change after the birth, whereas mothers begin to experience the change during pregnancy.

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David S. May 05 2014 at 5:34 PM

Nah.....it just makes women kinda stupid.....more so than ususal....

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nikkitytom David S. May 06 2014 at 1:43 AM

Obviously ( duh ... scratch crotch and reach for another beer) you didn't watch Cosmos tonight ... or you would have learned two women were seminal ( no tha't not what I mean) figures in astro physics ... Annie Cannon's stellar classification is still used today by astronomers. She discovered and classified more than 500,000 stars ... more than any astronmer in history. Check her out on Wiki ... you might be able to read the article if you have a dictionary handy. Which seems rather doubtful. But one can hope.
Why you'd read this article in the first place is beyond me ... except that you and "crow" could manipulate the comment section into an opportunity to bash women. Oh you are a charmer. I'll bet educated women are all lining up eagerly at your door.

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coopski1 nikkitytom May 06 2014 at 10:56 AM

How many children did she have?

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crowland503 May 06 2014 at 1:19 AM

Having a baby doesn't change a woman's brain; it remains "scattered" before, during, and before!

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coopski1 May 06 2014 at 10:55 AM

I've seen no evidence that a woman's brain becomes less vulnerable to stress. In fact, I've witness exactly the opposite. Many maladaptive responses to stress come out in the form of easy, short-term gratification with long term consequences. Women with children eat more ... getting fat. Women with children spend more on frivolous, unnecessary purchases that do not make good financial sense ... all to simply relieve their temporary stress. Women with children don't teach their own children to delay gratification for a long list of things: too much television, too much internet surfing and social media and idiot apps, too much indulgence of fashion whims, too much drinking (mommy's little helper), too few hours spent on teaching their children skills and too many hours trying to be their "cool" friend (all to avoid the stress of actually being a responsible parent), too much indulgence of expensive or wasteful trends in fast-food, clothes, material things.

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madddddddddddddd May 06 2014 at 12:54 PM

a baby changes alllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll thingsssssss,,not just ur brain..........

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miriamisrael1 May 06 2014 at 6:35 PM

it's not just the brain those babies change.

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