In an Atlantic article, “What Happens to a Woman’s Brain When She Becomes a Mother,” Adrienne Lafrance highlights some of the changes that a woman goes through in pregnancy and motherhood. Hormones like oxytocin and the amygdala of the brain are two things responsible for much of the change in mindset that occurs in motherhood — the constant worrying about the baby and that feeling of falling in love.
From the article: “Women appear to have evolved to have a “brain-hormone-behavior constellation” that’s automatically primed for mothering. Another way to look at it: the blueprint for mothering behavior exists in the brain even before a woman has children. Perhaps, then, motherhood really is like secret space in a woman’s brain, waiting to be discovered.”
Dad’s shouldn’t feel left out, though. Lafrance also shares that while Dads might not have these pre-wired connections, they can have a similar bond when they are involved with caregiving as well.