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Thursday, 19 February 2015

Oxytocin: The Love Hormone

Dear All,

Have you ever heard that there is a hormone called Oxytocin, which is given the nickname "Love Hormone"?

Yes, it is true! It is a Love Hormone indeed..

Oxytocin is a mammalian neurohypophysial hormone (secreted by the posterior pituitary gland) that acts primarily as a neuromodulator in the brain.

When/How is this hormone released ?

Mainly, Oxytocin is released during:

1. Sexual Intercourse
2. Childbirth
3. Breastfeeding

So..that explains why it is the Love Hormone, doesn't it? :-)

 The simple illustration below explains briefly how oxytocin is released during childbirth..

Since God Almighty's creation is so unique and competent..

The hormone oxytocin doesn't just help expel the fetus from the uterus..

When the fetus is safely expelled from the uterus (born into this world), Oxytocin is still essential to contract the uterus to keep the mother from bleeding excessive bleeding after childbirth.

And mummies/future mummies, do remember to keep the baby skin to skin after birth as much as you can to maintain Oxytocin in the stream..

You may click on the link http://eveloveofficial.blogspot.com/2013/09/skin-to-skin-after-birth.html to read about skin to skin after birth.

Why do you need oxytocin after Childbirth..

First is to keep in contracting your uterus to avoid post partum hemorrhage (Excessive blood loss after Childbirth)..You uterus should be back to it's normal size soon after childbirth (few days or so)..

Secondly..You need Oxytocin to establish BREASTFEEDING !!!

This illustrations explains briefly how Oxytocin influences the physiology of Breastfeeding

Amazing isn't it?
So Natural, yet so Complete.

Much <3

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