How Pregnancy Changes a Woman’s Brain

by Patrick Nemechek, D.O. on February 19, 2012

We know a lot about the links between a pregnant mother’s health, behavior, and moods and her baby’s cognitive and psychological development once it is born. But how does pregnancy change a mother’s brain? “Pregnancy is a critical period for central nervous system development in mothers,” says psychologist Laura M. Glynn of Chapman University. “Yet we know virtually nothing about it.”

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[Comment:  I frequently treat women who suffer a variety of autonomic disturbances that begin during or immediately after childbirth.  Lightheadedness and poor concentrations (“Mommy Brain”), heartburn, nausea, constipation, headaches, insomnia, weight gain and frequent urination are a common lasting legacy from pregnancy.

Fortunately, autonomic testing can identify underlying imbalances between sympathetic and parasympathetic autonomic function.  After treatment, most women remain symptom-free.]


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