You're a strong believer in the fact that babies can learn at any age. Even before they are born, infants are aware of far more than we realize. Exposing them to different types of stimulation while they are still in the womb may get them on the fast track to higher intelligence and early milestone achievement. The many methods to stimulate and nurture your unborn child can produce a child that is exceptionally smart and very advanced throughout his early years. This early head start can carry over to his teen years and adult life.
Exercise, Nutrition and Protection from Toxins
According to mother/daughter authors and parenting experts Sandy and Marcie Jones, in their article "How to Build Your Baby's Intelligence," "the fetus is influenced by environment -- even very early on. The three big factors for building baby intelligence in the womb are nutrition, protecting the fetus from harmful toxins, and exercise." Simple steps, such as taking supplements, walking, yoga, and eating fresh, organic fruits and vegetables can go far in ensuring a healthy delivery. Toxins such as recreational drugs, alcohol, and foods with high amounts of additives and preservatives should be avoided at all costs. This is especially critical in the early months so if you are even thinking of becoming pregnant, eliminate these from your lifestyle.
Many may scoff at the idea of reading to an unborn child but studies have shown that fetuses can hear voices and even recognize their mother's inflections and tones. Reading to your fetus during the last three months of pregnancy can help them learn how to talk and comprehend much earlier than other children. In an article in Today Parents, researchers at the University of Helsinki studied 33 pregnant women and then their babies after they were born and found support that "an unborn fetus can learn and remember just as well as a newborn."
Music can also be very calming and stimulating to an unborn child. It can help the infant develop an early ear for rhythm and tone. Studies have shown that later preferences in types of music and songs can be determined as early as in the womb. Classical music is a great choice as it has a consistent and calming tone. Loud, heavy metal and extreme rock music can be very startling to an unborn baby. Rough, jarring sounds and brittle or sharp singing vocalizations can also overstimulate the fetus. Keep your environment free of these overwhelming sounds to produce a calm and easygoing baby.
Massaging a tiny foot or any part of your baby's body through the skin will help calm and sooth them. As early as week 8, infants are moving around in the womb and reaching out to touch themselves and their surroundings. Massaging the baby with light strokes during the last trimester will reduce their stress and help lower their heartbeats. It will also be soothing for the mother-to-be to have this contact with her baby even before his arrival.