The “Love Hormone” is also known as oxytocin. Oxytocin plays a crucial role in pregnant and expecting women. It contributes to social bonding with your partner, and also sexual reproduction on both male and female before and after childbirth. This hormone also contributes to milk production, and bonding with your new bundle of joy. Low levels of oxytocin have also been found to cause couples to end their relationship.
Studies conducted over a period of 2 and ½ years of 188 pregnant women were found to have some interesting results. 170 still remained with their partners of the few years, and 7 had split. Saliva samples were taken during their pregnancy, and the 7 that had the lowest levels of the hormone oxytocin were no longer with their original partner.
Oxytocin helps with the pressure and stress of becoming a mother, and showing the woman love, attention, and even cuddling increases the production of oxytocin during this time. Low levels are warning signs that something in the woman’s life is not quite what is could be. Social and spousal support are essential during a woman’s pregnancy, and struggling levels of oxytocin state that fact that she is not receiving enough of that support.
The hormone oxytocin is important for pregnancy health and bonding with your new child. Showing a little extra support and care during this crucial time will be beneficial to the spouse, the mother, and the new child. It also helps keep your relationship healthy and stable, greatly increasing the chances of a long and successful relationship.