There are many hidden forces at play that shape a new mother’s identity, biology and physical self. Melissa Hogenboom, BBC science journalist and author looks at the latest neuroscientific understanding of how the brain changes during pregnancy and motherhood, and the positive impact this can have on new mothers.

Presented by Melissa Hogenboom
Producted by Melissa Hogenboom and Griesham Taan
Filmed by Tony Barsanti, Victoria Holland, Julia Lyubova, Maureen Maloney, Michelle Potters and Sam Padge
Executive producer Vara Szajkowsky
Directed by Pierangelo Pirak