Do you dream of having smart and intelligent baby? Do you know that you can control the intelligence of your baby at the time you decide to conceive? Do you know that your baby’s intelligence depends on you and your diet? This article talks about the secrets of what to eat before pregnancy and what to eat during pregnancy for intelligent baby and beautiful child.
Your fetus receives its nutrition from you through the placenta and the umbilical cord. Therefore, you should take sufficient nutrients, or else your health and your baby’s brain will be in a bad condition. Try the following supplements and foods to increase the IQ (intelligence quotient) of your baby:
Your body needs 10 extra grams of protein daily for building cells and making hormones for your growing baby. Boost your protein by a diet containing a yogurt smoothie, a cup of bean soup and peanut butter on whole-grain crackers; and a 3-ounce portion of lean beef, lean chicken or chicken liver.
It’s an essential element for blood production. Unfortunately, most women are particularly at risk of iron deficiency during pregnancy which may cause:
- Preterm labor
- Heart palpitations
- Shortness of breath
- Coldness in your hands and feet
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Hair loss
List of iron’s benefits:
- Forms hemoglobin that transports oxygen in the blood.
- Forms the protein (myoglobin) that is found in muscle tissues.
- Forms the core material of collagen in bones and cartilage.
- Strengthens the immune system.
How to boost your iron intake?
- Eat iron-rish food such as meat, seafood, legumes, fortified grain products and leafy greens.
- Take iron supplements (Don’t take these supplements without a doctor’s prescription).
- Avoid foods that decrease absorption such as soft drinks, tea and coffee.
- Increase absorption level by eating high-iron plant-based food with vitamin C.
Folic Acid (folate)
It’s a vital vitamin for pregnant woman. Folic acid should be taken before conceiving to cut the chances of having a baby with neural-tube defects.
- Plays an important role in the production of red blood cells.
- Helps your fetus neural tube develop into its brain and spinal cord.
- Prevents birth defects into your fetus brain and spinal cord.
- Necessary for body functioning and for normal growth.
Unfortunately, over 90% of women have low amount of folic acid stored in their bodies. And this is because:
- A diet low in folate
- Certain disease conditions
- Certain types of medications
- Oral contraceptives (birth control pills)
Foods rich in folic acid:
- Meat: liver, chicken giblets, kidney and egg yolk
- Legumes: Beans (white beans), nuts (peanuts), lentils, soy products, sesame and almonds
- Raw Fruits: Banana, orange, peaches, pomegranate and cantaloupe
- Green Veggies: Spinach, chorchorus, beetroot, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, asparagus
- Starches: Whole grain breads, wheat flour and potato (sweet potato)
It’s an important micronutrient for developing the fetus brain. If you want a child with high IQ, you should start consuming food rich in iodine the time you start thinking about conception. You should eat plenty of sea fish, milk, yogurt, cheese and eggs. Also try to replace the Sea salt, kosher salt, and regular table salt that you consume by iodized versions.
It’s a fat soluble vitamin that is required to maintain pregnancy, and to promote normal brain development. It is found in some food including Oily fish such as herring, mackerel, pilchards, sardines and tuna; eggs; fortified margarines and some fortified yogurt; and breakfast cereals. And can be manufactured in skin upon exposure to ultraviolet B rays from sunlight. Unfortunately, studies showed that most women have vitamin D deficiency, first because of its low availability in food and second because of long hours of work indoors and avoidance of sunshine.
It’s a water-soluble vitamin, essential for normal growth and development. You get vitamin C from fresh fruits and vegetables, especially citrus fruits. The richest foods in vitamin c are orange, papaya, strawberry, mango, kiwi, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, pineapple, pepper, kale, and broccoli. These supplements boost mood, memory, intelligence and brain function.
Omega 3 fatty acids
They’re necessary for human health and important for babies’ brain development. You should eat food high in omega-3 fatty acids or omega-3 supplements. Studies showed that the mothers who ate at least twice of fish per week had babies with higher IQ than those who ate less than this portion per week. And because brain development disorders can be permanent, a good pregnancy diet must include plenty of omega 3 oils with DHA, such as:
|Food Rich in Omega-3 fats||Total Omega-3||Food Rich in Omega-3 fats||Total Omega-3|
|Canola Oil||1447mg||Flaxseeds oil||12059mg|
|Fish (sardines)||5341mg||Fish (salmon)||7828mg|
|Fresh Basil||2747mg||Brussel Sprouts||3358mg|
As pregnant, you need to consume foods that contain healthy fat daily. The good fats decrease your risk for certain diseases, and they are found in fish oils, olive oils, vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, soybeans oil, animal protein, milk products, and margarine. Try to avoid bad fats such as artificial trans and saturated fats.
Studies assured about the effectiveness of the zinc for the fetus. When pregnant women eat food containing zinc, they deliver healthier babies than those who don’t consume zinc meals. Also a French study proved that zinc enhances the babies’ immunity even those with low weight. Seafood such as oysters and crab; meats such as lean beef and chicken liver; and dairy.
Additional beneficial foods to eat before and during pregnancy that have great effect on the personality and character of the fetus
It’s an aromatic resin obtained from trees, it is white in color then it turns yellow. It is rich in vitamins and good for activating the memory and brain. Eating olibanum boosts baby’s intelligence and beauty.
It’s rich in iron, lime, sodium and potassium that is why it strengthens the body and gives the beauty look for the baby. Also said that in case eaten before conceiving it can help having a baby boy.
Eating melon elaborates facial beauty since it is rich in vitamin B1 Tiamine. It is also a good source of pantothenic acid, copper, biotin, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), vitamin c, vitamin B6, and magnesium. Also contains phosphorus, sulfur, sodium and potassium. Based on Dr. Ensley studies, watermelon juice protects from Typhoid fever during pregnancy.
It protects fetus in the womb and gives the fetus beauty and good sweat smell in case eaten regularly by pregnant woman. Moreover, when quince cooked with honey it can be used as a natural ointment to put on breast to dwell breast engorgement pain.
- 62.2% of water (quenches your thirst)
- 9% protein and fats
- 7.9% sugar
- 8.12% fiber
- 6% copper
- 19% phusphorus
- 14% lime
- 2% chlorine
- 2% sodium
- 12% potassium
Also contains many C, E, PP, B vitamins, malic and citric acid, pectin, tannin and minerals (calcium, potassium, cobalt, phosphorus, iron, magnesium and copper). Rich in vitamin A and B that are good for nerves balance. Moreover, quince has been the basic medical treatment for diarrhea by Greeks and Mediterraneans.
It contains calcium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and fiber. Moreover, dates contain vitamin K which is necessary for the formation of blood and bones. Sugar content contained in dates is absorbed by the body so it is safe for diabetics. Dates not only can help in the development of the teeth below the gum formation in baby, but also can help to produce quality milk with rich nutrients in the breast.
Several studies showed the importance of honey bee for the women during her pregnancy and labor, especially that it provides her with the needed energy during labor.
Honey contains essential nutrients such as:
-protects from miscarriage
-helps in growth of the mucous membranes, bones and teeth
-strengthens the pregnant muscles
-activates the cells and the nerve fibers
-helps in generating blood cells
-cures numbness and tingling during pregnancy
-vitamin B6 avoids morning sickness
Vitamin D: helps in bone development with lime and phosphorous
–(it is excessive in honey) strengthens the blood vessels
-protects from bleeding
-avoids infections after birth
-strengthens the gums
-stimulates the body’s resistance against the cold diseases
Honey also contains folic acid, sodium, potassium, iron, calcium, zinc, sulfur and iodine. That help in the formation of the fetus’ bones and red blood cells; and his growth and development in uterus. Moreover, honey contains glucose that is good for metabolism and fructose that improves the sugar blood control. Also, honey avoids constipation during pregnancy. Not to mention the benefits of the honeycomb for the cervix.
Cranberry juice avoids the risks of cystitis and urinary tract infections that are very common diseases during pregnancy and may affect the baby.
More Tips During Pregnancy
Look Out For Mercury
It is true that fish is good for your baby’s brain, but mercury contamination in some fish is harmful for your baby’s nervous system. Therefore, avoid predatory fish rich in mercury such as shark, tilefish, marline, king mackerel and swordfish, catfish, tilapia and shrimp. Moreover, try to stop eating canned fish because preservatives may cause cancer.
Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
Stop smoking, drinking alcohol and caffeine. Manage diabetes, stress and other serious illnesses. Pay attention to thyroid and preeclampsia. And remember that as long as your delivery gets late, as smart and healthy your baby will be.
Establish a Better Bonding with Your Baby
It is very nice to talk, read and sing for your fetus. Your baby can hear and respond to sounds; and will recognize the voices he/she hears in uterus. And you can even play with him/her by knocking on your belly to test its reflex.
Don’t gain too much weight
Eat often but small portions. Follow a healthy diet. Eat for hunger not for satiation. Drink sufficient amount of water to avoid dehydration. Exercise and take a walk from time to time. Watch your caloric intake
Watch for food poisoning
watch out from contaminated foods or water. Avoid eating or drinking toxins or chemicals. Because once being poisoned, there is no suitable treatment, not even antibiotics medicines, because they can be harmful to your fetus development.
Choose the perfect diet of proteins, carbohydrates and fats to be able to nourish your baby. So that you can have a mentally and physically well-developed baby. Always remember that having foods that increase the brain power of your child, should be taken regularly and not just once, or else you will have chances of vitamin deficiency which may cause the baby to born mentally weak with behavioral problems. Moreover, you have to fuel the growth of your baby’s brain once born by nourishing him with vital nutrients for the brain.