We all know the term: Mother’s Intuition. Did you know that your intuition improves when you become a mother? Firstly, I’ve always had a strong intuition. A sixth sense if you prefer to call it that.
To a large extent, I trusted my intuition to make the right decisions about most things, but once I began gestating another human and later became a mother, that pendulum swung. Not in the sense that you lose your intuition… only that you begin to doubt it.
For example, there is so much rational and scientific information out there about everything, that you doubt that intangible 6th sense. Repeatedly, and to the extent that on occasion it becomes just a second voice in your head.
Becoming a Mother Changes You Biologically
There are studies assessing the change in neural chemistry that happens to make expectant mum’s better able to tune into their intuition. Additionally, there is growing evidence that mother and child’s neural networks influence each other when the child is gestating.
These are simple evolutionary adaptations to mothers being the body that propagates the species. Strong feelings and gut instinct are how mothers keep their young alive and well adapted to their environment.
The changes in your body and brain that occur to aid the survival of your offspring happens on levels we cannot yet calibrate. Modern psychology and neurology are only now discovering how pregnancy and motherhood physically rewire the brain, growing new neural networks where mothering skills, like coping with lack of sleep, heightened hearing on certain frequencies, and heightened intuition, aka Mother’s Intuition.
Mothering Changes Your Brain
Some brain changes from pregnancy lasted at least two years after giving birth, researchers said:
“The study published Monday in Nature Neuroscience reveals that during pregnancy, women undergo significant brain remodeling that persists for at least two years after birth. The study also offers preliminary evidence that this remodeling may play a role in helping women transition into motherhood.”
Additionally, “We haven’t investigated whether these changes stretch beyond this period,” said Elseline Hoekzema, co-lead author of the study and a senior brain scientist at Leiden University in the Netherlands. “In rodents, it is known that some of the changes in brain and behavior following a pregnancy last until old age,” Hoekzema noted.
There is no conclusive evidence because of the short timeframe, but based on my personal experience, my mother still has the same sixth sense she had with me when I was a child.
Mother’s Intuition: It’s the Way Mothers Always Know
Oxytocin (the bonding hormone), endorphins, and a bevy of female hormones multiply and unite in a way that rewires your brain permanently. As a result, you don’t easily lose the new neural pathways that were formed during the experience of mothering a dependent entity very soon either. For instance, you can’t UN-remember the feel and experience of having a child. The new pathways stay, and the new hormones stick around for quite a long time.
How I Became a Better Mother
Likewise, an all-around better person. Similar to some animals, humans have strong maternal instincts and know how to take care of kids naturally. So much of the early stages of gestation is instinctive and natural. But, the world is far more complicated than we could possibly imagine. Hence, at some stage, we run out of the genetically stored information and have to learn and hone a new set of skills. Meanwhile, we look to experts, the media, other mothers and people who have more experience to set the pace for us. However, sometimes one-size-fits-all will not work for specific children or lifestyles. That’s when you let your gut decide. If something feels emphatically wrong, listen to that voice.
On the way to trusting my gut more, I had to fall back on my senses – all six of them. Being an attentive mother forces you to be in the now. You have to be in the present and pay attention. There’s a certain type of mindfulness that starts developing when you are so focused on the now of another person.
For example, you are forced to expand your list of priorities, learn the value of sleep and me-time, and learn to organize around priorities other than your own or any other adults, for that matter. My empathy increased remarkably. Perhaps because a newborn’s communication is so basic, we have to make up the rest to keep babies healthy and happy. Evolution supports this advantage we have gained, and if we continue to entrain it, we can use it all areas of life.
How Synctuition can help busy moms
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