According to research it has been proven that women even if they where agile, fierce become calm, hopeful and peaceful. Various scientists have embarked on this remarkable finding and research and found answers.
Have you ever heard of oxytocin?
This female hormone plays an important role from conception to delivery and can even influence your bond with baby and your breastfeeding experience.
The hormone oxytocin, which is derived from the Greek word “õkytokine” which translates to “fast delivery” has long been associated to childbirth, but more and more research show that this hormone plays a crucial role in all the aspects of motherhood, and even of our social and romantic interactions. We explore oxytocin and the role it plays from conception to birth and during the first months of your new life with baby.
Oxytocin is now known to play a major role in our social and romantic relationships by providing us with a reassuring sense of calm, reducing anxiety and fear, which increase confidence and promote bonding. It’s therefore not surprising that oxytocin should be directly involved in the process of falling in love and of pregnancy. Oxytocin can influence things like:
The feeling of closeness between the two partners.
The likeliness that they will form a unique bond that will help them stabilize the relationship, so they can take care of their offspring.
When having sexual intercourse, oxytocin contributes to the ejection of sperm and the contractions that help the sperm reach the egg.
During pregnancy, oxytocin is present in larger quantities, which helps the mother to remain calmer, absorb more nutrients and sleep better, which helps with their energy levels.
Does oxytocin affects delivery?
Yes it does as a matter of fact oxytocin is not the only hormone present during delivery but just a part of a cocktail of hormones that prepare and help our body give birth. Hormones present during childbirth are: Oxytocin,Endorphins. Hormones that belong to the family of adrenaline, Prolactin.
Oxytocin is the hormone responsible for uterine contractions during labor. When your labor starts, oxytocin is present in small amounts that will gradually increase throughout the duration of your labor. Oxytocin levels are usually at their peak during delivery, which promotes a sense of euphoria in the mother and helps her develop a stronger bond with her baby.
Another positive aspect of the increased presence of oxytocin at birth is that it contributes to the ejection reflex of the placenta and helps the uterus return to its original shape faster, which reduces the risk of excessive bleeding and complications.
Pitocin: synthetic oxytocin.
In Canada, more than 37 % of women are using medical assistance to give birth, which includes Pitocin, a synthetic version of the natural hormone oxytocin. Although it imitates the actions of oxytocin, it doesn’t exactly produce the same results as what our body can do, and it sometimes can even provoke unseen problems during childbirth. Even more women in Quebec use Pitocin, a staggering 40 %.
How is Pitocin different from oxytocin?
Pitocin is administered intravenously so it will not reach the brain and can’t produce the euphoric effects oxytocin gives at birth.
Pitocin prevents the secretion of endorphins; the hormones that help you manage pain naturally.
Oxytocin is secreted gradually in the body and peaks at birth, which helps us push the baby out faster and easier. However, as Pitocin is administered consistently, the woman doesn’t benefit from this natural boost.
Pitocin interferes with the natural oxytocin secretion, which can make bonding and breastfeeding more difficult.
Oxytocin and breastfeeding
Oxytocin also offers unparalleled benefits that will help you nurse your child. First, when your baby is nursing, the suction causes the release of oxytocin, which contracts the muscles surrounding your mammary glands and promotes milk ejection. With each feeding, the release of oxytocin will contribute to the mother’s behavior towards her child. This clearly shows also the reason why mothers are so over protective towards their children.