We all are aware that leading a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy has an excellent effect on the wellbeing of your baby in the womb. But is it possible to do something to make the baby smarter too? As the preparatory works for the child’s brain development begin in the womb, it is definitely possible to achieve intelligence and personality development of your baby through several factors such as healthy diet and indulgence in good lifestyle habits. Isn’t it the duty of parents to nurture the mental development of baby right before birth by adapting right methodologies? An expert doctor with Endoworld Hospital, renowned for IVF treatment in Aurangabad, explains what best can be done to have a smart baby. Let’s begin.
1. Start early
It would not be a bad decision to prepare yourself even before conception. Yes, foreign substances such as tobacco, alcohol, and drugs are not associated with good lifestyle habits and can seriously hamper good developmental conditions and cause devastating prenatal damages. These foreign substances have the notorious potential to enhance neuro chemical alterations and result in negative development. The message cannot be more clear – stay away from ill habits that can pose a health threat.
As mentioned above, a good diet during pregnancy not only promotes the physical health of your baby, but also encourages the brain development of your unborn baby. And the good news is that you need not search for exotic diet foods, for many commonly available vegetables and fishes can provide the specialty diet.
• It has been universally that folic acid is an excellent prenatal substance that plays a vital role in the formation of healthy brain cells for your baby. And what can be the best source for folic acid – breakfast cereals, lentil, and leafy vegetables. In fact, it is also advisable to seek the guidance of your gynecologist for additional folic acid supplements.
• Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is a type of omega 3 fatty acid that plays a crucial role in neuron production. Remember, these neurons are nothing but brain nerves that transmit messages and control our complete body. Luckily, omega-3 acids are found abundant in walnuts, salmons, and flaxseeds.
• Good supply of oxygen through red blood cells (RBC) to your baby’s brain is essential for its growth. Are you aware that the growth of RBC can be promoted by increasing the intake of food rich in Iron?
During pregnancy, morning sickness can play a spoilsport to consume all these nutritious food. But that shouldn’t deter your efforts and try to push these foods through any form – salads, soups, purees, or even as a snack.
Beware of stress, for it is potent enough to disrupt emotional development and IQ level of the baby. It should be understood that while being in a stressed condition, the excess production of hormones affects the baby’s development. Practicing yoga or simple relaxation exercises like walking are sure shot winning ideas to get be away from stress. Infact, any positive action such as reading books or exploring your creative options can keep your mind away from tension and pave way for production of good hormones.
Baby inside your womb loves to get your touch. A gentle touch by you would not only make your baby cozy, but also stimulate and help good brain development.
Halfway through the pregnancy, your baby can hear and respond to sounds. Isn’t it a wonderful opportunity to infuse positivity into the baby through pleasant music? Listening to good mild music is beneficial to soothe both mother and her baby in the womb. Alternatively, you can also sing loudly and your baby would love it.
Although we can’t decide the outcome – ‘nature or nurture’, you can definitely play your part to achieve the best brain power for your child. Hence, we at Endoworld Hospital, a reputed IVF and endoscopy centre, Aurangabad, always stress these aspects to couples who are aspiring to achieve parenthood. Do contact us for further details and start preparing for a smart child.