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How Pregnancy Changes a Woman’s Brain

How Pregnancy Changes a Woman’s Brain
February 19, 2012 Patrick Nemechek, D.O.

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:Ā  I frequently treat women who suffer a variety of autonomic disturbances that begin during or immediately after childbirth.Ā  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.Ā  After treatment, most women remain symptom-free.]


  1. Sarah 1 year ago

    Will your protocol help/cure Hyperemesis Gravidarum?

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      Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 1 year ago

      The inulin might help some but I do not recommend using rifaximin during pregnancy

  2. Marin 1 year ago

    I have seen a couple of your videos regarding the protocol during pregnancy and in one you recommended taking fish oil with higher EPA with total of ~3000mg combined omega 3s. I was wondering if that is still your recommendation and if so what EPA/DHA ratio you recommend?

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      Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 1 year ago

      Still my recommendation and use more typical blends that are EPA>>DHA

    • Kimberly Berlin 1 year ago

      Do you have any recommendations for a fish oil to take while pregnant? A certain brand or what amount of EPA vs. DHA? I know you said higher EPA than DHA, but is there a certain amount of EPA it should contain?

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      Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 1 year ago

      I discuss this in my book.

  3. Anonymous 3 years ago

    Do broken mummies benefit from using Inulin or the antibiotic even if they dont have Sibo?

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      Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 3 years ago

      I generally use the term bacterial overgrowth instead of SIBO because SIBO implies a positive breath test, and there is growing evidence one can have bacterial overgrowth in spite of a negative breath tests.

      I have very little luck in getting autonomic recovery without the use of rifaximin.

      Dr. N

  4. Mummy Brain 3 years ago

    Oh thank goodness for you, Dr!!!! I’m not going crazy, these pregnancies (6 of them) have stollen my memory and concentration. I’m so thankful for your article. How do we go about treatment and healing? I’m doing your protocol for my children. Should I be doing this too or is it a different ball game for healing mummy brain?

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      Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 3 years ago

      My protocol helps Broken Mommies too.

      The details of The Nemechek Protocol are outlined in my book about autism.

      We are planning an a book geared specifically for adults but that is 2-3 months out until publication.

  5. David Baellow 8 years ago

    Dr. N,
    I was sorry that you closed your practice in KC. I started with a new doctor to treat my dibetes and control weight. Nice guy, but he put me throught a diabetes class where the instructors told me that low carb was dangerous and told me to eat at least 60 carbs per meal. I started gaining weight back and had gained about 17lbs before I started looking for a doctor that treated with a low carb diet. I finally found Dr. Mary Vernon in Lawrence, KS. She has put me back on a diet very similar to what I was doing with you, and I am aback to losing weight. My sugars are also doing much better, and I am taking less insulin. I’ve lost all but about 7 lbs that I had gained and am staying on the diet to get to a healthy weight…

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