Every pregnant woman desires a healthy and smart baby. What a woman eats during pregnancy influences the development of the foetus, especially the brain of the unborn child. To a large extent, that growth in the womb is what differentiates children who grow up to be bright and successful, from those who are categorized as ‘dull’ and unaccomplished. Overall this is a debate about what makes a child have a superior IQ compared to his colleagues.
IQ (intelligence quotient) is derived from a number of standard tests to measure the capacity of any human-being to reason and solve problems. This is called cognitive power. People with over 140 score are categorized as ‘genius’. Those whose IQ borders around 120 and more are considered highly intelligent, while those who score below are taken merely as ‘intelligent’. Albert Einstein, a popular inventor, was reported to score about 160 IQ; while Elon Musk, the founder of electric car brand is regarded as having around 155 IQ due to its mechanical and number crunching ability.
CobraReview can reveal authoritatively that ensuring that pregnant women make wiser choice regarding every meal, between conception, carriage and delivery, will help the women deliver a genius.
Therefore what foods can pregnant women eat to boost the IQ level of the child in the womb? Basically foods that rich in vitamins, iron and Omega-3 fatty acids can help. On an expansive note, here are a list of foods that can help build a child’s cognitive power or IQ, while in the womb:
Berries are some of the healthiest fruits a pregnant woman can eat. They are low in calories but high in fiber, vitamin C and antioxidants. They are regarded as an awesome eye and brain development food for unborn babies. In fact, many berries have heart health proven benefits. These include lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, while reducing oxidative stress.
Berries also act as great alternatives to sugary snacks. Every pregnant woman should eat a few portions of berries at least twice a week and try to sample different types of the fruit, such as blueberry, raspberry, cranberry, bilberry, strawberry and others. They make a great snack or healthy breakfast topping. Most of these fresh fruits are available at outlets such as So Fresh outlet in Lekki, Spar stores, and Susanna Stores in Isolo area of Lagos.
Samples of berries
This natural product is rich in fatty acids which is highly needed for the growth and development of an unborn child. This is an important food for pregnant women. They contain omega-3 fatty acids that support healthy heart conditions, and lower blood pressure for children and adults. Omega-3fatty acid can be obtained from cod liver oil, mackerel, salmon, and oysters. Many of these food are sold at the larger retail stores such as Shoprite, Hubmart, and Spar.
A plate of fish meal
3. Green vegetables
Vegetables contain huge amount of folic acids that potentially protect the fetus brains from tissue problems. Veggies are great source of intelligence for unborn babies, especially if they are green and have fresh leaves. Best veggies for a baby’s brain development includes: pumpkin leaf, lentils, spinach, lettuce, cabbage, kale, microgreens, and others. They are also sold at the outlets mentioned earlier.
Boiled eggs are not just healthy, they can help keep pregnant women’s weight at moderate levels within those trimester. They also help in developing the baby’s brain. Low-calories and high-protein products are healthy and a must-have for expectant mothers. Also eggs are rich in amino acid which is good for help the child develop good memory later in life.
Milk contains iron. Just like eggs, it is a wonderful source of useful elements for a pregnant woman’s body. It also aid the developing child. You can have a glass of milk in the morning. To make it sweeter, you can add a spoon of honey.
Milk is rich in nutrients
6. Pumpkin seeds
These contain zinc in large quantities. It is an essential vitamin during the trimester. A pregnant woman should eat pumpkin seed as porridge or as pumpkin seeds. This will help the unborn baby to grow healthy and smart. Apart from serving as a rich nutrient, pumpkin also serves as antioxidants if taking regularly.
Pregnancy is an ideal time for probiotic (live bacteria and yeast) meals. Adding yogurt into an expectant mother’s breakfast or taking it at the evenings can be great and ideal. One should choose meals that have enough protein and are not too fatty, as such food is good for both pregnant women and babies.
Meanwhile, in addition to eating good food, CobraReview also believes that regular exercise can help in the development of smarter babies as stress hormones released during a workout aid proper development of foetus and increase the chances of survival of parents in the event of still-birth.
Further, if you really want to make your baby smart, focus on the healthy and useful products; and avoid intake of alcohol, cigarettes, canned and spoiled products, processed food, sugary food, raw fish and meat.
This is a guideline though; try to talk to your doctor. Learn more about foods that can help foetus development during the trimester.