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Love hormone: what it is and the relationships it has to do with love and motherhood

Love hormone also known as oxytocin is a hormone that acts as a neurotransmitter. It plays an important role in reproduction. In females, the hormone triggers labor, and release breast milk. In male, oxytocin helps move sperm.

Relationships oxytocin has to do with love

Researchers in one 2012 study found that couples in the first stages of romatic attachment had significantly higher levels of oxytocin than their unattached counterpart. But oxytocin is tied to more than just new love. It's also released during sexual activity, and linked to the intensity of orgasms.

One 2013 review summarize all of oxytocin’s possible relationship enhancing effect. Some of these include, trust, gazing, empathy, positive relationship memories, fidelity, positive communication, processing of bonding cues.

Relationships oxytocin has to do with motherhood

Oxytocin plays several important roles in motherhood.

1) Labor

The hormone signals the uterus to contrast, beginning labor. It helps move the process along by increasing the production of related hormones. After delivery, it helps the uterus return to its previous size.

2) Breastfeeding

When a baby latches on its mother's breast, it triggers a release of oxytocin. This signals the body to let down milk for the baby.

3) Bonding

Human, and animal studies on the effects of oxytocin on the mother child bond have found that mothers with higher levels are more likely to engage in affectionate parenting behaviors, includes, frequent checking in on baby, affectionate touch, singing or speaking to baby in certain way, grooming, and bathing behaviors.

Some research suggests that babies who receive this type of parenting experience a boost of oxytocin that makes them seems more contact with their mother, further strengthening their bond.

This effects aren't limited to biological mothers. Researchers in one 2014 study found that oxytocin has a similar effect in foster mothers, and adoptive parents.


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