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Unresolved Trauma and Reorganization in Mothers: Attachment and Neuroscience Perspectives

Neuroscience Perspectives

In addition to the psychological changes from an attachment perspective, motherhood is also characterized by neurobiological and hormonal changes that help establish maternal caregiving behaviors (). Neuroimaging studies have demonstrated that the maternal brain undergoes significant structural changes during pregnancy and postpartum. Pregnant first-time mothers were observed to show significant decreases in their gray matter volume compared to their pre-pregnancy volumes (). This structural change was observed specifically in brain areas implicated in social cognition and theory of mind, such as the inferior frontal gyrus and precuneus, and possibly reflecting a specialized pruning which may occur in the expectant mother’s brain during pregnancy ().  further reported structural changes in the maternal brain during the initial postpartum months. Increases were seen in gray matter volumes of brain areas associated with the expression of maternal behaviors, including the bilateral hypothalamus, amygdala, substantia nigra, and globus pallidus. Increased gray matter volumes seen in these brain areas were associated with positive perception of infants by their mothers. Thus, structural changes in the maternal brain pre- and post-pregnancy are critical for the mother-infant bond

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6363675/

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