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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:  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.]


  1. David Baellow 6 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…

  2. Mummy Brain 4 months 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?

  3. Author
    Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 4 months 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.

  4. Anonymous 3 months ago

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

  5. Author
    Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 3 months 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

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