Moms Release More Feel-Good Chemicals If You Watch Their Babies

 

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MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News)—The feel-good brain chemical dopamine appears to play a role in the development of a healthy bond between a mother and baby, a new study suggests. Dopamine may motivate moms to do more for their children because it makes mothers feel better, researchers said. And this may not end when babies get older.

Oxytocin is also a feel-good hormone heavily involved with bonding; it’s released during orgasm and when breastfeeding. After the child is delivered, the mom is under the influence of this pain-relieving, bliss-inducing “drug,” as is the baby, creating a love-at-first-sight moment. A Canadian study found that women who were exposed to solvents during their first trimester of pregnancy were 13 times more likely than unexposed women to have a baby with a major birth defect.

Greene writes, “These babies each carried an average of 200 chemicals, which included mercury, fire retardants, and pesticides. The report states, ‘Of the 287 chemicals we detected in umbilical-cord blood, we know that 180 cause cancer in humans or animals, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 cause birth defects or. Sept. 4, 2008 Moms who deliver naturally may be more responsive to their newborn’s cries than women who deliver via cesarean section, a study shows.

Fortunately, babies spend more time in active sleep from 2 to 6 am so during this time, they are much more likely to wake if they are hungry, cold, wet or startled by not breathing.

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p>Their sleep cycles are actually shorter than ours (lasting only 50-60 minutes) and therefore they can experience a partial arousal every hour or so. Dads who got a boost of oxytocin via a nasal spray played more closely with their 5-month-old babies than dads who didn’t get the hormone zap, a 2012 study found. (There is another hormone, called. A more recent 2014 study of a few dozen men and their expectant partners also saw the testosterone dip, but instead saw estrogen levels in dads fall just before birth. (Hormone levels fluctuate. The research behind a mom’s favorite excuse. the researchers think these changes might help women understand the needs and emotions of their babies.

MORE: How to Parent Like a German. When the moms heard their babies making a fuss, the areas of the brain that were activated were those that.

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(For example, the baby’s suckling, or even just eye-contact and cuddles with the mother, causes the mother’s brain to release the hormone oxytocin, which stimulates milk let-down, decreases her blood pressure and cortisol levels and floods her with feelings of relaxation and love.)

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What is even more astounding is how this emotional growth between a mother and her newborn is the catalyst that “turns on” the infant brain, releasing chemicals, proteins, enzymes, and other elements that actually shape both the structure and capacity of the brain.

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The mothers with higher levels of oxytocin checked their babies more often, had more positive thoughts about their babies, and engaged more in sweet maternal behaviors.

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On viewing their own infants’ smiling and crying faces, mothers with secure attachment showed greater peripheral oxytocin response and activation of dopamine-associated circuits and brain reward regions.

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Labor and birth are designed by nature as a numinous peak experience that a mother will never forget, thanks to the two key neurotransmitter hormones, oxytocin and beta-endorphin.

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The antidote to this natural anxiety is to remember that all babies are exposed to these chemicals and that just by reducing the worst offenders we are already making huge progress toward giving our own baby a healthier start in life.

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During breast-feeding, the brains of both the mother and the infant simultaneously release the pleasure hormone dopamine and the bonding hormone oxytocin.

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When a mother thinks joyful thoughts, the limbic system releases neuropeptides into her blood stream, which fit into receptor cells throughout her body (and fetus).

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Indeed, in this rare species, mothers tend to become agitated if left alone with infants, apparently because they are more strongly bonded to their mates than to their own infants.”

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All these “feel good” chemicals exist so that newborns will nurse and thrive, and to ensure a bond between mothers and their young.[204]

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  • Hey guys! Trace, Julian and Amy will be doing a Q&A livestream on our Facebook page on Wednesday! If you have a question, share them with us here, or on Twitter @Seeker. Then, go to our Facebook page /SeekerMedia on Wednesday so you don’t miss the answers!

  • Was a math, science whiz in high school. But my interests and apparently type of IQ changed after motherhood. Was sitting in Chemistry class as a premed, and thought, this isn’t important to me. Left in the middle of class, signed out of premed, and changed my major to psychology.

  • Thank God I could never have a kid. The idea of a 9 month gestation is so repugnant to my thinking. I would kill myself if I had no choice in reproduction. I find the non-pregnant female more attractive than a pregnant woman with a protruding stomach. Yech.

  • I hate my dad he was there for me we had a house and my dad would drink all the time and my parents r divorced my mom left him because he had a drinking problem and me my sister and my big sister went with our mom so we lived at r grandmas then r dad was better so we moved in with him and he had a trailer house and he had a job we were so happy then he was on drogs and he did not pay his rent one day and he lost the house then we moved backed in with my mom and one day he was in jail then he got out and hes still doing bad being homeless then he stays in a hotel and i miss him i havent seen him in a year so yeah thats my life

  • Well said!!, Happy Mommy ‘s Day, I ‘am deeply interested in this subject of female brain functions and the profound transition to the physiological state in brain function and pre pregnancy and post birth physiological states of function transition, I think this subject it very important to research and understanding, as the importance is made most clear in the trajectory of our evolution and the profound influence of female evolution effecting all genders development and evolution. Peace and love, Doug.

  • Could you guys please do a video on why some people don’t have maternal instincts? I’m a person who will show love and affection to a baby animal but I feel repelled by human babies. I’ve explained to my family that I never want children of my own but they see it as unnatural for a woman to not want children.

  • I’m surprised no feminists are screaming Patriarchy in the comments. like one of those morons that claimed breastfeeding was unnatural.

  • I am so thankful that i could never become pregnant. When you start having kids you become that kids manager. Not everyone is good at that. Some people ignore their kids. Think of all the child deaths that happen because a mother abandons their child in a car.

  • 1:50 I thought evolution was supposed to be random. It sounds like he’s saying that evolution chooses where it wants to make changes.

  • 3:00 I think it’s odd that we get a reward chemical for eating food. You’d think hunger would be motivating enough. I wonder if it’s a result from the additives we put in food.

  • Our brain is a recorder.
    Simply remembering experiences as memory is what makes us human. When we “think” we are also drawing on the past knowledge when all the recording to our memory cells actually occurred.
    Psychological time is created by the mind (as we think) when we act in the present moment using memories we have acquired to determine whatever is happening. This is how thought actually creates time. As we age: time goes faster because we have more and more memories stored to sort through to think. Thought being based on our past memories is also why it will always be fragmented and flawed. There is no way to out think life. Anything thought creates desires or implements is essentially dust in the wind as nothing is permanent.
    Every human is functioning exactly the same to some degree, so you can look at people you do not like (or disagree with) and understand their struggle is exactly the same. We are almost looking at ourselves when we see things we don’t like in other people.
    When we die: mechanical thought stops but nobody has energy that ceases to exist. Death creates fear because there is no possible way to apply thought to it. Anything we can possibly worship or pray to is simply another construct of thought and time.
    This may be upsetting depending on what extent that external conditioning (basically all things taught by someone else lol)but our brains simply have to observe their own function to understand elevate ourselves as a whole.

  • Parenthood definitely changed me, My outlook on life was basically redefined. As an affirmed atheist, carrying on my genes has given my life meaning.

  • i now this was made 2 years ago but my dad goes to jail not a lot but for my to barely now him and he is in jail and i cry �� my self to sleep every night

  • tell that to my drug addict birth mom who used my child benifits for her own benifits and gave me up at 2. JK, I’m not mad. But 20 yrs later, and shit’s still the same

  • I come here because I thought you guys loved science, not some republican dogma. not only did you call the mother her you used mommy pronouns, what if the birth giver was a male or fluid. you disappoint me seeker unsubed.

  • And what happens to the brain and all of that oxytocin/dopamine if you have a stillborn? I feel the polar opposite of the “Warm fuzzies” when I see a baby, and I seriously wonder how that will effect my future.

  • I could’ve sworn they made a video similar to this back when they were still Dnews, and when they had people like Anthony Carboni and Laci Green.

  • Great, the video points out that your brain changes when you give birth… And wash your car, text a friend… Basically, doing what it always does

  • Ugh, I don’t like Tara. She has such a dry personality. The only reason I watch her videos is because the information she provides interests me. I love Laci and Trace is cool too:)

  • The good thing about the land down under: KIDS HELPLINE.
    #storybooth #getridoffakecopycats #storyboothisreal
    P.S. Why are these videos so commentable

  • Storybooth audio: 2:14

    Other channels: robotic vOiCe

    I really. Hope this girl is doing well now along with anyone with the same problem..

  • If I go to the bathroom, my brain and body will change. If I eat, my brain and body will change. Basically, if I do anything, my brain and body will change. Oh yeah, one more, If I look at food, BAM, dopamine. <)

  • I have 4 siblings and they all have October birthdays including mine. The only problem is my birthday is Halloween so my folks were always so burned out on birthdays by the time mine rolled around that we just celebrated the holiday. The joke is on them though, I don’t even like Halloween! That’ll show them! sobs quietly in the corner

  • Why do some moms not care about their children, then? You know, the one’s that let their children get raped; or the ones that get pissed off and kill their children? That’s what I don’t get. I’ve run into a lot of parents, both mothers and fathers, who just don’t give a shit about their kids. I wish someone would explain how that works.

  • Oxytocin is primarily produced in the hypothalamus and transported through axons to the posterior lobes of the pituitary gland. From there it can be secreted into the bloodstream of the body.

  • Honestly I find all explanations about love scientifically explained, bullshit. I mean, what In the first place made me react like that to what I saw? Why do I like that? Answer: (consciousnesses, soul, whatever). Then it’s crazy those kind of correlations made, correlation is not causation, what does hormones do? Hormones only estimule receptors, it doesn’t make us feel this or either way. It just increases our receptiveness for such a phenomenon from de environment and make us want more of it, but what does in the first place make us want more of it? I find it completely fucking crazy when they say they can explain love, it’s such a bullshit. Science will never be able to explain what makes us what we are, because what we are is not visible, and what is it so crazy to think of this this way? Energy is also not visible, we can only see causation, couldn’t it be the same here? To think of a soul. What the fuck does oxytocin has to due to the way I feel? Oxytocin is just the link of communication for that kind of feeling, is isn’t what makes us feel what we feel and like what we like, it’s just delivers messages both to are soul/consciousness and increases the signal of our receptors to get more of it. It’s fucking crazy saying that something causes something. Wtf of correlation is that?

  • Hey, I’m doing a research project on some stuff and would rly appreciate a link to where y’all got the information for this video, specifically the part that oxytocin negatively affects our interactions with others not like us?

  • Sir, Oxytocin hormone i have doubt please clear my doubt. If a boy hug with love proposed and lip kiss with a girl in lots of time then, if he is distance relationship and that boy are not talk to that girl and not hug and no kiss. He is love someone but no touch that new girl and he is say new girl to marriage and tel my question’s answer oxytocin is who one go to that boy with girl, in which girl old or new girl. Old girl is already proposed above 3years and attached then misunderstanding to leave her and distance relationship and love to propose new girl start 3months. Please tell my doubt that boy ku oxytocin which girl to react old girl or new girl.

  • What are the nutrient-rich foods that are good in producing oxytocin? Please let me know so I can avoid them. lol
    Seriously, too much oxytocin isn’t so good. It makes someone more vulnerable emotionally. I know… ��

  • My family has “seasons” when we have kids. All three of my kids were born every 2 years in June. My grandma, for example, had her girls every 3 years in April.

  • Universe is growing with all what IT is learning at any moment! why should we be different? And something tells me that this Knowledge is printed in the Canevas called Dark Matter. The Matter of the Universe Brain. And we are all connected with IT. This Matter is not dark but so so Light that we cannot see IT 😉 IT is not considered because somehing dark and unknown is cutting the Connection:)

  • When it starts getting cold outside people cuddle to get warm and so there are babies:) I’ve said this for so long. everyone in my family has an August birthday. lol

  • I wonder if the brain changes also occur to the other family members living with babies? I recently got a baby sister, so has my brain gotten more grey matter or is it more significant in mothers?

  • and trace your great too! i like tara too except for videos like this one where u seem to be more of a prude, sorry dont be mad! just chill! saying doing it is totally fine lol especialy from trace:D but tara u are super good looking and as a bisexual female i would totally….well ya know.

  • here is a biological theory in my house and i would love for you to explore it and explain it. send me an alert if possible, if u decide to. my husband believes that when i am menstruating my body heat is on average higher during my sleep and im also more squirmy. now i have other problems such as fibromyalgea and too short tendons in my calves, as well as a husband who is a pillow hog. so i would personally link my activity during sleep to that days stress on the body. however, he cant sleep if hes too hot, which he blames me for and also if he is too cold, saying my squirming steals the covers and right after he takes the covers back he gets too hot being next to me, a one extreme or the other situation. i have irregular and sometimes very long menstruation lasting almost a month sometimes, and it was longer when i was on birth control. is there any correlation to my temperature and activity during menstruation or is there simply too many variables to tell? i would also accept the answer that my husband is a sleep sensitive wuss. we watch your show constantly, everyday since we discovered it. grats laci on the weight loss, anthony you are especially entertaining

  • Okay. 
    So more condoms sold in December translates into more births in August. 
    Am I the only one shocked by this? If anything, more condoms sold means there are more people “doing it”. There needs to be some transition between this and the peak in births in August. Because you know, usually condoms prevent people from making babies. 

  • The beginning of this video has got me wondering; why are people (if they even are) more attracted to products in coloured transparent packaging? I was first attracted to Bombay Sapphire because of the blue glass, but since I was a kid I have always loved coloured transparent packaging. And don’t even get me started on holograms and lenticulars!

  • Funny my daughter was born early in June she was supposed to be born in July and now my 2nd baby is due in late october early november i myself was born Nov2nd

  • I have 4 kids, and I’ve noticed changes after each one was born on the outside, my hair got darker and more wavey, and seems to grow more quickly, and my nails also grow more quickly, but are thinner and more brittle (I keep both hair and nails cut short now!) on the inside, I’ve become more compassionate, more contemplative, less willing to take risks, and far less tolerant of physical discomfort (like sleeping on the ground, for example). With the growing up of my fourth child came a sort of re-awakening of self, however, and I am now actually developing and cultivating my own interests, rather than being completely child-centric 24/7/365.
    Happy Mother’s Day!!

  • actually, in caribbean countries, esp in Trinidad/Bahamas/Jamaica etc, it tends to be higher 9 months after Carnival which tends to be in Jan/Feb/Mach so baby in Oct/Nov/Dec

  • Now I would like to know: why moms are more likely to have babies? You know, people say its easier for a mom to get pregnant again than for women who never was.

  • Actually to have a baby in early to mid August you would have to be having sex and get pregnant in early to mid November so the December condom sales would have nothing to do with that peak birth time. And I know this for a fact because I am do on August 12th.

  • More research is needed!
    That came out creepy.
    Funny they didn’t bring up the January thru April crowd. Guess that crowd is just an anomaly… My parents were right I was a mistake (They can be so cruel sometimes:( ).
    Happy Mother’s Day!

  • In Sweden most people are born around 22 mars because that’s nine month after mid summer, a holiday when a lot of people “are doing it”

  • To be fair though down here (Aus) the winter is about 14-20 degrees (celcius, not Farehnheit, which is stupid, and equates to 57=68 which is bad but not freezing horrible bad). TBH our summers are much more extreme, well over 40 degrees some days (=104 F)

  • In Latvia there is a peak in the birthrate at the end of March, because about 9 months earlier during the summer solstice there is the ancient pagan fertility celebration named Ligo. Traditionally nobody sleeps on the night from June 23rd to June 24th and everybody is wearing flower wreaths, lighting bonfires and having open air parties with friends and family. And somehow all that fresh air and seems to make us horny enough to ensure that many many Latvians have their birthday on the 23rd to 25th March.

  • I love how they never actually give any numbers, because it’s probably like a 3-4% spike at most.

    Make some actual fucking science videos about real science and stop letting advertisers like “Bluum” tell you what to do.

  • back home in my Arab-Israeli society (special to Arabs living in Israel only) most of the births happen in May-July: because most of the weddings happen in August-September, and thus those two months become the doing it season (we are a conservative society we almost dont have out-of-marriage sex…… just to clear another reason)

  • Can you look into the advantages / disadvantages of children who miss the school year cut off and have to wait longer to start K or 1st? Or perhaps those of kids who just make it and are very young starting K/1st?

  • I live in Wales in the UK and I have noticed that most relationships I know of have started early in the year in late winter/spring time.

  • I live in Wales in the UK and I have noticed that most relationships I know of have started early in the year in late winter/spring time.

  • Wow, I live in Miami and I feel like everyone I know around here has a birthday somewhere between September through December. Mine is in October.

  • I always thought it was cultural holydays. In Sweden we see a large peak of babys being born in march. 9 months beffore mars is June and we all know midsummer takes place in june. 

  • This correlation doesn’t seem to to apply to where I’m from (Scotland) because it seems that the amount of births in a month stays rather consistent throughout the year apart from in December where it dips. 

  • People bone in autumn more because its bonfire season. Fire makes peope feel a little more primal. Couple that with a romantic hayride earlier in the day and some hard cider in the evening and people creep out of the fire light to form the beast with two backs.

  • You didn’t only consider one thing there are regions where pregnancy is planned and region, where pregnancy is just obvious. In catholic families and so called poor wild man villages it is more likely to get pregnant because of high dose of testosterone, in others due to planned winter pregnancy.