This article describes the effects of oxytocin, the "cuddle" hormone, and the importance of encouraging its release after pregnancy to help with mood and recovery in general. There are many things that can be done to encourage the production of this important hormone...
Pregnancy is truly a special time in a woman’s life, and any woman
who’s been pregnant will tell you that the experience, subjectively,
feels different somehow. If you thought that this was, perhaps, just
romanticizing your past in retrospect, or caused by the (very real!)
excitement about your pregnancy, you may be shocked to learn it wasn’t
at all in your head. Well, it was in your head, but that’s not to say it
was imaginary; rather, there is a strong and solid neuro-hormonal basis
for what you experienced. And, of course, you can now rest assured: You DID, in fact, experience many, many odd things
during your strange, yet fantastically beautiful trip to motherhood.