7 Tips to Boost Baby’s Brain Development


  • Don’t skimp on protein. Brain growth requires extra energy, so it’s important to increase your protein intake in your pregnancy diet. The Dana Guide to Brain Health, a reference from one of the leading philanthropic organizations supporting brain research, states that moms-to-be should ideally consume 6 to 7 ounces of protein-containing food per day (think a piece of chicken and a serving of yogurt). That’s roughly one-third more protein than you’d need pre-pregnancy. 

    Kick bad habits to the curb. Smoking, alcohol, and drug abuse have all been linked to mental impairments and learning problems, such as ADHD.

  • Keep cool.Exercising throughout your pregnancy is a good idea, but avoid overheating — especially during the first trimester. According to the March of Dimes, a sustained core body temperature of 102.5 F or higher is associated with an increased risk for birth defects of the brain.
  • Relax. While low levels of stress during pregnancy are nothing to worry about, numerous studies have shown high levels (particularly in cases of mental or physical abuse) can have serious, long-lasting effects on the baby’s brain development. Getting away from dangerous relationships is especially critical during pregnancy, but when it comes to other sources of stress, adopting new coping skills can help. “Stress is involved in learning, working and everyday living, so new moms cannot and should not try to avoid it — and sometimes that becomes the stressor. Rather, we should learn to find ways to deal with extreme, enduring stresses and reduce our reaction to them. We should plan ahead, take time to relax, or learn a new coping technique, like meditation or massage,” says Jones.


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7 Tips to Boost Baby’s Brain Development

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  1. LIZ says:

    i did exercise during pregnancy in the pool some studies say thats good for babys brain develop

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  5. Ian says:

    Good nutrition is a good idea.

  6. Alanna says:

    I’m opting for flax seed oil instead of stinky fish oil.

  7. Michaela says:

    I think this article about boosting my baby’s brain development is very essential.This is my first pregnancy and I want do everything right. Great reading!

  8. Daniela says:

    Relaxing is definitely the hardest part especially in the third trimester

  9. mommy nhoj says:

    I was on folic acid a month before we got married as part of preparing my body to conceive – so to speak! I ate a lot of citrus fruits on my first trimester and keep myself hydrated with water and fruit juices

  10. Cassye says:

    During my first trimester, I have not been able to stomach any form of prenatal vitamins. Now that I am 12 weeks, I want to take them, but I’m afraid of becoming sick! Any pointers?

    • candice says:

      Have you tried the chewables or gummies?

    • I actually found the gummy prenatal vitamins didn’t upset my stomach, but you might want to bring them to your gyno and ask if you need to supplement them with anything else, as they don’t always have 100% of everything you need during pregnancy. I’ve also heard some doctors suggest even just taking a children’s vitamin, as they are easier on your stomach. Oh, and be sure to never take them on an empty stomach too! Good luck mama!!

  11. Nat says:

    Just to let people know if you have a seafood allergy you can take flax seed oil or hemp oil to get your DHA.

  12. Lindsay says:

    Just got a prenatal vitamin with folic acid and dha today 🙂

  13. KITTYNOLAND says:

    I believe that the omega fatty acid is crucial to brain development in utero. I do think one has to be careful though with certain supplements and herbs. I’m not exactly sure how exercise helps a baby in utero yet it certainly helps mom.

  14. BabyKurth#1 says:

    I’d have to agree that relaxing isn’t he hardest part, but I’d score in A+ in all the other categories.

  15. Phammom says:

    Relax is the hardest.

  16. It is going to be so hard to relax for this pregnancy!

  17. easy enough for me, thanks for the article

  18. Phammom says:

    Seems easy enough thanks!

  19. Heatherly says:

    Oh I like these helps. I’d love to be able to relax around here too!

  20. Sushi was so hard to avoid! I love sushi and it was so hard to not eat it.

  21. Vidya says:

    Eggs, chicken and protein shakes are all i do for my protein serving everyday.

  22. Vidya says:

    Don’t the prenatal vitamins contain everything that is required and not supplied by the pregnant woman’s diet?

  23. Phammom says:

    Very good information!

  24. Marilyn says:

    This is good, I recently bought Silk DHA Omega and it’s delicious and it’s good for the baby 🙂


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