Postpartum Education Lesson 3: Baby Brain
Postpartum Education? Yep! Like childbirth education but for the bit afterwards.
We often joke that preparing for birth is like preparing for a wedding, it’s really, really important not to forget that there will be an actual marriage (or a baby!) at the end of it. Motherhood is a life long commitment, yet in our culture we are often so fixated on the birth that we don’t prepare for what happens next, which is actually the whole point, right?!
This is an old video series I created as postpartum education for pregnant couples. It’s based on a free postpartum education class I used to teach every month in my local area and then turned into a series of videos. The videos were locked up in an old course, and my professional students were loving them so much they asked if they could share it with their pregnant clients. I decided to publish the video series on my blog so every pregnant couple could easily access free postpartum education. This is the second of three lessons.
These are quite a few years old now and out of date in some ways. Please excuse the old branding, and I have updated the information underneath each individual lesson where I feel it is needed.
Updates to old content for video three:
- Oxytocin is context dependant. Oxytocin will always create behaviours designed to protect the baby, so sometimes this means cuddling and cooing and gazing into your babies eyes, and other times it means roaring like a mother lioness and protecting your baby from all kinds of real and perceived threats.
- I've also learned that oxytocin can in fact contribute to competitiveness! The upside is attachment to our people, the downside is exclusion of outsiders.
- I've also learned there's more to Baby Brain than oxytocin, plasticity also plays a huge role in your transformation.
- There's also more to the relationship between stress and oxytocin than I covered in this video - stress sometimes actually increases oxytocin to encourage us to reach out to others for help.
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