Boost The Intelligence Of The Fetus. Utopia?

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Pregnancy is a time of happiness but also a time of constant questioning. How to avoid a miscarriage? How not to miss my prenatal visits? Many parents, in addition to these existentialist questions, ask themselves questions related to the intellectual capacities of their future baby.

Here are 06 tips to boost the intelligence of your child during pregnancy

Communication with the fetus

Parents’ voices can stimulate baby’s brain functions. On the one hand, it soothes, secures and comforts him and, on the other hand, it develops his sensory perceptions.

During pregnancy, it is important to communicate with your baby. Some women will let themselves be guided by their instinct while others will need to be accompanied by professionals to get in touch with their child using techniques such as yoga, haptonomy, sophrology.

From the first weeks of pregnancy, haptonomy teaches parents to communicate with their baby. This specific practice does not really prepare the pregnant woman to manage the pain of contractions. The interest lies elsewhere… Haptonomy leads the father and the mother to visualize their baby and to establish a tender and complicit relationship with him. This “science of affectivity” is essentially based on touch, one of the first senses developed by the fetus. By caressing the mother-to-be’s belly, parents learn to move and rock their child. By observing his reactions, it is already possible to have an idea of the character of his offspring (he is curious, naughty, lively…)

The maternal voice is perceived most intensely because of its proximity and internal vibrations. The fetus is also able to differentiate its mother’s voice from that of other women (2). During pregnancy, it seems beneficial to talk to your baby, especially since for several years, the existence of a “fetal auditory memory” has been evoked: the fetus could memorize its extra-uterine acoustic environment. It is difficult to prove this scientifically, but this in utero communication could help establish the mother-child bond, if only on the mother’s side. Talking to her baby in the womb is indeed part of the psychic gestation process allowing the mother-to-be to become a mother, well before her baby is born.

Make him listen to music

A baby’s IQ is closely linked to his sensory development. So, to stimulate his intelligence in a gentle and playful way, why not consider listening to music a few minutes a day? From the 5th month of pregnancy, babies perceive frequencies and sounds and react accordingly. Of course, the choice of music is up to you, but classical music in particular is known to stimulate baby’s brain development.

In general, the songs and voices used to stimulate the baby during pregnancy produce a soothing effect that is felt after birth. Research shows that this prenatal stimulation has a positive impact on the baby’s learning abilities. When the baby is born, he or she will be quicker to learn, and this advance will continue throughout childhood.

Have a healthy and balanced diet

To boost your baby’s brain development and increase their IQ, diet plays a key role during pregnancy. Choose natural foods and drinks. Avoid processed foods high in fat and sugar, such as soda, cakes and convenience foods, candy and pastries. Choose seasonal fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants such as tomatoes, papaya, kiwi, oranges, mangoes, watermelon, broccoli and leafy greens (arugula, watercress, spinach…).

Also, don’t hesitate to consume foods full of omega 3 that promote better brain development: fatty fish (sardines, herring, mackerel…), flax seeds and walnuts among others. Finally, a diet rich in iodine during pregnancy would also have beneficial effects on the development of the intellectual and cognitive capacities of the baby and on its IQ. Focus on cereal products (rye, oats), cod and eggs.

Take the sun

Sunlight is a source of vitamin D that is extremely essential when you are pregnant. It keeps your bones healthy and its absence can cause pre-eclampsia during pregnancy.

Pre-eclampsia not only affects the mother, but it can also cause mental retardation in the baby.

The best time to get vitamin D is early in the morning when the sun is not too hot.

Stay fit and active

Staying fit and active is even more important during pregnancy. Fight the urge to get off the couch if you want to make your baby smarter. By moving your body, it releases hormones that are good for your baby’s brain development.

If you weren’t in the habit of exercising before you got pregnant, stick to light exercise and brisk walks.

It has been proven that mothers who are active during pregnancy have more intelligent children.

Avoid stress

In 2018, esearchers in the United States observed that experiencing a lot of stress during pregnancy would impact the brain development of the unborn baby. The results of the present study indeed show that high levels of stress in pregnant women could affect the connectivity and organization of neurons in the brain of the unborn baby. These changes, they say, are likely to have an impact later on certain brain functions.

Take some time for yourself. You can read, take a walk or take a long, hot bath, for example. Limit household chores if possible, and if you already have children, arrange for occasional babysitting. Ask for help from family and friends so you can enjoy some down time. Everything will seem easier if you are rested.

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