Brain Training: Simple Ways to Make Your Baby Smarter
Love-Filled Prenatal Education - Brain Training
If you want to provide your fetus with enriching experiences, it is highly advisable to expose yourself to music, art, literature and other forms of brain training. The fetus experiences everything its mother feels. Here are some of the most popular forms of prenatal education for brain training.
Why is Prenatal Education so Important?
Fetal Environment is capable of Molding the Fetus’ IQ
The main reason that prenatal education holds such importance today is due to the development of the fetus’ IQ within the mother’s womb. Research teams from University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University have published an article titled “Fetal Environment and IQ Development” in a “Nature”, an acclaimed scientific journal.
In this paper, it claimed that a person’s IQ is 48% predetermined by their genes, and the environment where the fetus is developed in molds the rest of its intelligence. Hence, if we can provide an ideal environment for the fetus, the fetus will maximize its potential with an improved intelligence. These findings are in sync with pedagogy, which states that a fetus’ growth is more dependable on its environment than its genes.
Prenatal Education starting from Love and Respect
Prenatal education is the foundation and starting point of human education. It is crucial to keep prenatal education in line with the fetus’ growth by being aware of its stages of development. Bear in mind that the mother’s emotions will all leave an impact on the fetus, so it is important that the mother should always try to maintain a calm and pleasant mood.
Prenatal Education starts from Pregnancy Planning
Prenatal education does not start only when pregnancy begins. A fetus’ overall health is dependable on its parents’ health, starting from the egg and the sperm. To increase the chances of smart conception, healthy children, prenatal care begins from proper family planning.
Prenatal Education from both Parents
Leaving the father out of prenatal education will render it incomplete. Prenatal education is the responsibility of both parents, and conceiving the child together was a mutually agreed decision. Engaging in prenatal education together will not only deepen the parents’ love for their child but also cultivate a stronger bond between each other. Throughout the entire process of prenatal education, it is ideal to have both parents present.
Prenatal Music for Emotional Development
Appropriate Sound to Help with the Fetus’ Auditory Development
Exposing the fetus to beautiful music has a strong impact on their intelligence and character development. Children that are more exposed to music tend to be smarter, more mentally stable and attentive. Also, music can soothe the emotions of an expectant woman, allowing her to be mentally calm, remove anxiety and fill them with a sense of vitality and courage. Listening to more music during pregnancy will aid in fetal brain development and increase their intelligence.
The Importance of Auditory Stimuli during Pregnancy
A fetus can detect sound frequencies at ten weeks of pregnancy and develop a more sophisticated sense of hearing at around three months of conception. At 28 weeks, they will be able to hear music and respond with an increased heart rate. This is especially so when the fetus is beginning to show signs of movement. As their brain and sensory functions are more developed, they will be better stimulated with good music. If it is not exposed to music, their auditory development will tend to slow down.
Listen to more Sound of Nature
The best type of prenatal music is the sound of nature. Nature sounds are calming and known as the natural “rhythm of life.” High-pitch sounds from birds, insects and soft calming sounds such as waves and rivers are especially beneficial to a fetus’ auditory development.
Fetus prefer the Songs that its Mother Likes
The closest type to music to nature sounds is classical music. However, it is not advisable for the mother to listen to classical music if she does not personally like it as it creates stress on both the mother and fetus. Other music genres such as pop and folk are great choices as well. The fetus will react more positively when the mother is listening to her favorite music. It is ideal when parents listen to their preferred music together, as their happiness will be better conveyed to the fetus, aiding it in its development.
Fetus Likes Listening to their Mother’s Singing
Listening to its mother’s voice may evoke a serene feeling in the fetus. Additionally, a mother inhales more oxygen when she sings, which will, in turn, supply more oxygen to the fetus. Singing will help the fetus develop a better sense of sound, so a mother should try to sing often to her fetus, even if singing is not her forte.
Continue Exposing the Newborn to Music even after Delivery
Even after delivery, mothers should consistently expose her newborn to the music that they have been listening to when the fetus is still in the womb. Listening to familiar tunes or music that are in line with normal heart rate (~ 60 to 70 beats per minute) will help the newborn develop a sense of security. An example of music that is in line with average heart rate is Baroque music.
Fetus Develop the Sense of Hearing after 5 Months of Pregnancy
Examples of the type of sound a fetus hears in the womb are the sound of digestion, liquid flow, motion-triggered bone sounds, its mother’s voice and sounds from the external environment. After 28-30 weeks of pregnancy, you will notice a change in heartbeat according to the sounds you hear. Consciousness in the fetus awakens around three months of pregnancy, and it develops sophisticated auditory ability at around five months of pregnancy. All those sounds will play a role in the fetus’ brain training.