Welcome to BeMother Project (BabyBrain)

Discover with us how a woman’s brain changes during her first pregnancy


BeMother is a project of the UAB, the IMIM and the IISGM, directed by Dr. Òscar Vilarroya, with funding from the European Research Council (ERC) and La Caixa Foundation.

In our research, we hypothesized that pregnancy-related morphological brain changes may confer an adaptive advantage for motherhood in several ways. For example, facilitating a mother’s ability to recognize the needs of her highly dependent baby, promoting the mother-baby bond, and easily detecting social stimuli that signal potential threats. Currently, we are also interested in learning about the brain changes that take place in non-pregnant mothers in their transition to motherhood.

You can help us!

Help us to discover how pregnancy and motherhood change the brain. To carry out this study, we need women like you, willing to collaborate with us and improve our knowledge of motherhood.

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Who can participate?

Couples of women planning their first pregnancy

We are looking for couples of women who want to become pregnant for the first time.

Women planning their first pregnancy

Women between the ages of 25 and 45 who do not have children but plan their first pregnancy soon can participate in our study.

Women who are not planning a pregnancy

We need women who plan their first pregnancy but it is also very important to have volunteers who do not plan a mid-term pregnancy, they will be our controls.

Which methods do we use?

MRI technique

BeMother uses the apparatus of the Pasqual Maragall Foundation.

Neuropsychological and clinical evaluations

A series of questionnaires and scales are carried out to evaluate psychological and clinical aspects.

Saliva and urine analysis

Urine and saliva samples will be taken for subsequent quantification.

What does your participation consist of?

Session 1. Before pregnancy

The first study visit should be for women who plan to become pregnant but are not yet pregnant.

Session 2 and 3. During pregnancy

Two visits will take place between 18-20 weeks pregnant and between 34-36 weeks.

Session 4, 5 and 6. Postpartum

The postpartum visit will take place during the first month after the birth, 6 months portpartum and the last one 16 months after the birth.

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