You’ve probably heard of having â€œmom brain.â€� People use it this term to describe when things slip mom’s minds turns out, this is likely just the result of sleep deprivation and exhaustion. So, what is actually happening inside a mother’s brain? Hi mom! Hello sons and daughters, Lissette here for Dnews. Many mothers report that having a child is one of the most meaningful events they’ve ever experienced. It’s life changing. And from a science perspective, they’re right even when it comes to the structure of their brains. Mothers experience neurological changes that start in pregnancy and continue throughout.
Early motherhood. In a study published in the Journal Behavioral Neuroscience, researchers looked at moms’ brains at 24 weeks after giving birth and then again around 3 months later. Using mri technology, they found that mothers had increased gray matter in certain areas: the parietal lobes, prefrontal cortex, and others. Yes, their brains literally grew. What’s more, some of the growth happened in areas like the amygdala and hypothalamus, which are associated with emotional regulation, survival instincts and hormone production. The changes here seem to be linked to mother’s having a positive view of their babies and an increase in positive feelings towards them it’s what helps moms get up 5 or 6 times.
At night to a screaming baby without losing any love for them. In a study, researchers at The University of Toronto Mississauga analyzed the brain activity of 22 mothers to see if there was anything special going in their amygdala when mothers looked at their babies versus the babies of strangers. What you’d expect is that mothers would respond more strongly to their own babies. And some women did these women reported higher feelings of satisfaction with motherhood, a more positive mood, and generally good experiences with being a mother. Conversely, when the amygdala did not become more sensitive during motherhood, it ended.
Up affecting the bond between mother and child negatively. The women who had reduced amygdala responses to photos of their babies reported poorer quality of maternal experience, including increased levels of stress and anxiety. Essentially, these mothers felt they were having a hard time. We know from other studies how important activating these brain regions can be in buffering against negative emotions or feelings in new mothers. In fact, postpartum depression is associated with the binding sensitivity of receptors in the brain that affect the amygdala and other structures involved in the dopamine reward system. This is the same system that is activated when we fall in love with our high school.
Sweetheart. In fact, studies have shown that the same neurological processes are involved in falling in love romantically as with falling in love with your baby. One hormone involved in this process is oxytocin commonly dubbed the love hormone for its role in bonding and affection. Your body releases it when you hug someone or cuddle it’s when you get that â€œahhhhâ€� feeling and everything is ok. But it is also released when women are giving birth, it’s associated with breastfeeding, and it facilitates bonding with a newborn. The hormone spikes during pregnancy and regions with high density of receptors for oxytocin, like the amygdala,.
Are specifically activated in mothers’ brains when responding to babies faces and scents. In one study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, researchers gave women baby pajamas that were worn by two day old newborns. In one group were mothers who had just given birth and in the other, women who had never had children. When the women were asked to sniff the PJs, all women could smell the â€œbaby scentâ€� to the same degree. But what was happening in their brains, was different. Mothers had more intense brain activity in the dopamine reward system, than women had never had children. This system is involved in reward learning and its the same that makes us crave certain foods or become addicted.
To drugs. It motivates us to act in ways that get us closer to the reward in mother’s cases, a baby. So yes, mothers can pretty much be addicted to babies. It’s why moms can’t stop with the kisses even when you’re 22. So how about you show your mom some love in return with something special from Kay Jewelers. Because, every kiss begins with Kay. Look at the spelling, it’s right there. Kay Jewelers is one of our sponsors at Discovery Digital, they help keep the lights on and the episodes coming, so if you want score bonus points with mom, go ahead and check out Kay’s line of jewelry.
Women Try Menstrual Cups
Okay, relax the vagina muscles. When it’s that time of the month, I usually use pads. Day one, I’m like oh shit! I have to run to CVS. And then I buy a whole box of tampons. Tampons are the main form of defense. Ah, I just try and pray that it doesn’t come, but it always does.
I am a proud Diva Cup owner, enthusiast, guru, whatever. There’s this cup and you fold it in half and you stick it on up there. It just catches the blood. Let’s say I got my period in the morning, go the entire day with it in, and then at night, I’m a night showerer, so when I’m taking a shower,.
I’ll just like take it out, dump it out, stick it back in, oh clean it! Stick it back in. My Diva Cup right now is doing the best thing it could ever be doing, it is in me because I am on my period. What did I get myself in to? My little Diva Cup. It’s uh, you know, really nice now,.
When it’s not covered in red, mucusy blood. Oh my God, it looks like a little nipple. This is big! I feel like I’m gonna be walking around all day like I have a pole up my ass or something. How do you know when to change it out? Well. Oh my God, this is overwhelming.
You little bastard. I will win this one. Maybe I should just shove it up and see what happens. Great. Okay. God I’m sweating. Engaging Kegels now. And, oh God.
No, okay, I gotta start over again. (laughing) I think this is a fail! Take two. How do you relax your vagina muscles? Okay, think about vacation. This is so hard. Hold on.
Oh, oh, oh! I did it. I think I did it. It is in. I don’t feel anything. What the (bleep)? I think it was pretty good. It’s like a phantom in my vagina.