Becoming a mother is one of the ultimate goals of women in their lifetime. When our daughter was born, my wife felt so lifted. Unknowingly, months after that delivery, her brain grew permanently.
Well, we didn’t let her brain scan via an MRI before and after several months of delivery. However, one study published in the American Psychological Association said so.
The study found growth in the brain around the parietal lobes, prefrontal cortex and mid areas of the brain. According to the researchers, an increase in gray matter in these areas are linked with the mother’s positive perception with her baby.
… These results suggest that the first months of motherhood in humans are accompanied by structural changes in brain regions implicated in maternal motivation and behaviors.
It’s pretty amazing what science had discovered in this area of humans. Through this, we now have an idea how the mother’s never-ending love for the baby comes from. But wait, what about men who are fathers? Are there any brain changes, too?
Well, sure there are certain changes in men’s brain associated with fatherhood. According to a study published in the Social Neuroscience found that fathers showed an increase in gray matter volume in several regions of the brain. These regions include the amygdala, hypothalamus, lateral prefrontal cortex and striatum all link to parental motivation.
So, it’s not just women, but men, too. Hence, we can safely assume that if the couple has these positive outlooks toward the baby, it’s an amazing experience for the baby to feel love.
Note that oxytocin is present in both mother and father. Oxytocin is commonly known as the “love hormone”. Details of the study is available here for further reading.
Hormonal Effects of Fatherhood
Happy infant faces also make the fathers feel rewarding and also experience higher levels of testosterone, especially when interacting with their infants.