Of course, when you're pregnant, you want to make sure you're doing everything you can to give your little one the best start. We’ve got some tricks for creating a smarter, happier baby.
Did you know, when you're pregnant, your diet, emotions and how you interact with your bump all play a part in developing your growing baby’s brain?
'Inherited genes play a major role in determining intelligence and personality, but the right lifestyle choices can help ensure those genes are programmed in the womb,’ says Dr Lana Asprey, who specialises in fertility, pregnancy, and children's health coaching. In fact, ‘researchers now estimate that only 50 per cent of IQ is down to genes – the rest is influenced by a baby’s environment.’
So what are you waiting for? Make sure your baby inherits your brainpower, now.
How to make a clever baby:
4. Massage your bump
From around 20 weeks
, your baby will feel you touching your bump and stroking it can send calming messages to her nervous system. Research suggests an unborn baby can even distinguish between her mother and father’s touch. Pass the almond oil. This is the best excuse for a massage ever.
5. Talk to your bump
‘Babies can hear from 16 weeks
and, by 27 weeks
, all the connections from ear to brain are in place,’ says Miriam. In fact, studies show newborns respond to accents or languages they hear in the womb – those born to bilingual families respond to both languages from birth, so get chatting!
6. Vary your diet
If you want your baby to have the gourmet palate of an intellect, get adventurous at dinnertime. Your baby’s taste buds develop from around 12 weeks
By 25 weeks
, she’ll be absorbing around two litres of amniotic fluid a day and the foods you eat can flavour it. In one study, babies of mums who drank carrot juice while pregnant showed a preference for carrots when weaned.
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