How to Develop Your Baby's Intelligence in the Womb

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How to Develop Your Baby's Intelligence in the Womb
You can take steps during pregnancy to improve your child's intelligence. (pregnant image by AGphotographer from

There are many ways to help your baby get a good start in life. You may be able to help your baby to become more intelligent while he or she is still in the womb, by eating healthily and by stimulating your unborn child, which will help to create the connections in the brain that are the foundation of intelligence. Taking these actions will help your baby's brain development, and therefore boost intelligence and concentration, which helps with learning.

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Things you need

  • Omega-3 supplements

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    Eat healthily and include plenty of omega-3 in your diet. Omega-3 is an important part of intelligence in early life. You can find omega-3 in oily fish, but there are concerns about mercury levels in some fish so it would be wise to take a vegetable-based omega-3 supplement.

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    Play music to your baby while in the womb. Developing babies, from 23 weeks onwards, can hear sounds from outside the womb. Classical music seems to calm unborn babies, and these babies have been found to recognise the music later in life. This will help your baby's concentration and propensity for learning.

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    Reduce stress in your life. Prenatal stress may negatively effect your unborn baby's emotional development, and have a negative effect on IQ.

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    Touch your baby through your stomach. This will stimulate your unborn baby and may help with brain development.

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    Talk to and read aloud to your baby. This will help your baby to understand the sounds of language even before he or she is born.

Tips and warnings

  • Getting a head-start on intelligence while your baby is in the womb is extremely beneficial, but you must continue, using different steps, once your baby is born
  • Never smoke during pregnancy and do not drink more alcohol than the amount recommended by your doctor.

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