Dr. Ahmed Zayed over at Consumer Health Digest recently published an article on how to boost your baby’s brain power in utero. As he explains, everything you do during pregnancy can have an effect on your baby’s development. And so, he created a list that new mamas can do to help their little one’s brains develop properly and fantastically.
We copied the list below and added some insight, but take a look at the full article. It’s really fascinating.
1. Consume Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Unfortunately, Omega 3 Fatty acids are most commonly found in seafood. If you are a vegetarian, consider loading up on flax seeds and walnuts to get this vital nutrient.
2. Keep stress in check. Studies have found that maternal stress can be passed to the baby, so as soon as you find out you’re pregnant, you have to control your stress. Meditation and Yoga are excellent ways to calm the body, but anything that soothes you will do.
3. Read to your baby before she’s born. Studies have shown that babies as young as a few days old have a preference for the language of their mothers and are able to hear the rhythm of their mother’s native language and differentiate it from that of other languages.
4. Get some sun. Vitamin D deficiency may play a role in the development of autism. While it’s important not to overdo your sun exposure, walking outside for 20 minutes a day is great way to ensure your baby’s getting the brain and bone supporting vitamin D she needs.
5. Eat a healthy diet. When building a person from scratch, you want to use the absolute best materials. Load up on fruits and vegetables as well as protein. When your baby’s overall health is strong, her brain will benefit as well.
6. Get massages. After 20 weeks, evidence suggests babies can feel the difference between their mother’s and father’s touch.
7. Get some exercise. Exercise is a great way to boost the baby’s brain development. Obviously, you don’t want to do an activity that’s too strenuous, but keeping moving while you bring your baby to term is an excellent plan.