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Murfreesboro Child Care Advice: How to support your child’s brain development during pregnancy

Posted on 11-11-2014

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The basic structure of your child’s brain is developed during pregnancy. The first brain cell is born just two days after conception.

  • Nutrition: Your doctor will give you nutritional advice during your pregnancy to support your infant’s growth. Oily fish or avocado (rich in omega 3s), eggs (high in choline and protein) and lean meats and beans (full of oxygen-carrying iron) specifically boost brain development.
  • Exercise: Studies show that exercising 20 to 30 minutes at least every other day during pregnancy can improve brain development in your unborn child. The types of exercise include walking, yoga, stretching, swimming, etc. Benefits include increased energy, minimized unnecessary weight gain, fewer aches/cramps, and faster recovery process. Consult with your physician before beginning any new exercise program.
  • Toxins: Avoiding smoking and alcohol is well known. There are other toxins that can affect your child’s development, such as mercury. It is often found in fish like swordfish, tilefish and king mackerel, so it’s best to avoid these foods for the duration of your pregnancy.
  • Stress: When you are stressed, your body releases a hormone called cortisol, which is transmitted to your infant. This hormone can affect how your child’s brain develops. Stress has also been linked to premature births and low birth weights. These two factors can lead to developmental complications.

Supporting your child’s fetal brain development will give your child the best start in life. When looking for a child care facility to ensure that your child reaches his or her full mental potential, consider Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Murfreesboro. We offer the exclusive Brain Waves™ Curriculum, designed to support and encourage your child’s cognitive, social-emotional, physical and language development, in the critical first five years. Open to your child from six weeks, this program is led by experienced caregivers and offers stimulating activities that will enable your child to thrive. For more information, please contact us today.

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