Among the structural changes taking place, 100 billion neurons are being repurposed to form connections (synapses) specifically for motherhood. Your hefty brain boost includes enhancements in:
- Maternal motivation/behavior
- Emotional processing
- Reasoning and judgment
While your brain is under reconstruction, it temporarily shrinks in density (up to six percent) but don’t panic because it’s back to full weight by six months after childbirth.
So if you find yourself frustrated because you keep losing your keys, it’s not because your brain is turning to mush but because it’s getting even sharper. Nature is gifting you superpowers that make you a highly motivated, super-focused woman, fully capable of caring for your baby.
“Motherhood changes you because it literally alters a woman’s brain—structurally, functionally, and in many ways, irreversibly.”
The Female Brain
"At Boot Camp, one of the moms mentioned one of the effects of oxytocin is that it just completely changed her personality. Before giving birth, she was a really stressed out, high-strung, personality … After giving birth, she did a complete one-eighty. She became this calm person and it was just all about baby, which was the exact same thing that happened to me and I’m so glad" - Veteran Mom
"I was always over my husband's shoulder. If he didn't hold the bottle right, I would tell him to do it this way. After four months, he sat me down and said, ‘You know, he's my child too. I do know how to handle him.’...It was difficult for me to let go a little bit and for him to understand where I was coming from. I think it's something you should talk about, because it won't always go as planned." — Veteran Mom
“I hover and correct when things aren't done the way I would do it. I remember we talked about it when I came to Boot Camp as a pregnant woman, and I thought ‘I won’t do that,’ but I don’t have a filter when it comes to correcting. So, yeah, I will leave…Because if I’m in another room and I hear him I will go in there and I’m right back to correcting him.” — Veteran Mom