This cuddle chemical, released during sex and breastfeeding, could stop pregnant women from struggling with post-natal depression!
It has been discovered that women who face postpartum depression have a lower level of the “cuddle hormone,” oxytocin, while they are pregnant. So researchers are conjuring up a way to boost those levels by creating a pill that contains this “cuddle chemical.” Would you try it?
Oxytocin is a hormone made by the brain during sex, breastfeeding and labor, which fosters feelings of trust, love and affection. Research shows that women with higher levels of oxytocin adapt to motherhood easily, while those with lower levels do not immediately bond with their baby.
In a new study, 74 healthy pregnant women had their hormone levels measured in the last two to three months of pregnancy. These women also answered questions designed to pick up symptoms of depression and were questioned again two weeks after giving birth. The research found a clear link between low oxytocin levels and postpartum depression symptoms.
“This study confirms the notion that depression in the perinatal period often starts in pregnancy, and has profound effects on the mother-child relationship,” Dr. Carmine Pariante, an expert in the psychaitry of pregnancy and motherhood, tells the Daily Mail.
Now doctors and researchers are looking into an idea that would create a pill to boost the “cuddle chemical” during pregnancy to cut out the odds of getting the baby blues. Dr. Gunther Meinlschmidt, of the University of Basel in the UK, says that early identification of women at risk “could allow for early preventative interventions and minimize adverse effects for the well-being of mother and child.”
Do you think this “cuddle pill” would work or should we let nature take its course?
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