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.”
[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.]