Oct. 13, 2021

How Motherhood Changes Us

Studies show that mothers’ brain structures change during pregnancy, along with our shoe sizes. That most of us become more hypervigilant and more anxious isn't a personal failing– it's a biological imperative. We discuss how to give ourselves grace about the ways motherhood has changed us.

Becoming a mother changes everything about us. Literally: the very structure of our brain changes during pregnancy, along with our eyeglass description and our shoe size. That most of us become more hypervigilant and more anxious isn't a personal failing– it's a biological imperative. But while the ways motherhood has changed us may be very natural, that doesn't mean those transitions were always easy.

In this episode we discuss how motherhood has changed us, how it's also made us more aware of who we always were, and how giving ourselves grace about those changes has been what has always gotten us through.

Here are links to some research- and a few of our other episodes- that are worth your time on this topic:

Adrienne LaFrance: What Happens to a Woman’s Brain When She Becomes a Mother

Fresh Take: Janice Johnson Dias on Raising Joyful, Change-Making Kids

Fresh Take: Dr. Christine Koh On Building a Family After Adverse Childhood Experiences

Did We Really Do That? (Episode 48)

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