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Y O U R P O S T P A R T U M B R A I N
Your brain is reprogrammed in pregnancy to facilitate a deep sense of bonding with your baby. Research is still limited here. Initially it was thought a new mom’s brain shrank but we now know that it is actually restructured. Some areas get smaller and some areas get larger. These changes are intended to make you hyper-vigilant to protecting the developing fetus.
ENTER MAMA BEAR 🐻
The most notable difference are in your senses, an enhanced sense of smell + taste - ever wonder about cravings and aversions in pregnancy? YUP!
The part of the brain responsible for emotional skills actually becomes much more active. We even become better experts at reading facial expressions - exactly why WE know best when it comes to our baby’s needs! We become better at reading our baby and determining how they are communicating with the world. You see, your brain is wired for success in motherhood!
So what can negatively affect this superhuman re-programming?
• Depletion - your placenta takes most fat from your brain (which 1/3 is made of DHA) to give to your baby so if you are not getting this healthy fat thru diet or supplementation, your brain won’t function at optimal level
• DHA is the fat that coats + surrounds the neurons of the brain which directly affects mental functioning + overthinking
• Sleep Disturbances - less sleep actually affects the brain’s ability to clear toxins + repair damaged cells. This is why support is so crucial to mamas to ensure they get the rest they so deserve and need
• Outside noise - people, experts, social media, the internet, and really anything that takes you away from just learning your baby can affect your brain’s intuitive ability
If you’re feeling disconnected or questioning your intuition, please know that your body + brain were made to know exactly what you need. Check your hydration, nutrient levels, quality of sleep + bring in some reinforcements to help. I’ll be talking a lot more about this new YOU with your super-human brain in the coming weeks so stayed tuned my friends ✨
Image credit: Claudia Good, wholeheartedhuman.com at Calgary, Alberta