Pregnancy tips to make a clever baby


by Mother & Baby |

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:

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1. Start a storytime habit

The foundations for language begin in the womb and, by the third trimester, your baby can memorise sounds she hears regularly. ‘US researchers asked mothers to read The Cat In The Hat repeatedly to their unborn babies. After the birth, the babies “chose” the recording of their mum reading the story by sucking at a particular speed to trigger the recording,’ says parenting expert Dr Miriam Stoppard.

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