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Baby Brain Boosters

June 6th, 2017 | By: Nancy Ripton
Four ways to enhance your baby’s brain development during pregnancy

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Baby Brain Boosters

A baby’s brain is the most complex structure in its body. Neuronal development starts just three weeks after conception, and is the last growth phase to be completed after birth.

During the second trimester – the most significant time for fetal brain development – a quarter of a million new brain cells are created every minute. While many factors such as the type of brain cell produced, its location and function are determined by genetics, how a particular neuron develops has everything to do with external stimulation. Here’s what you can do to boost your baby’s brainpower while you’re expecting.

Abstain from Alcohol

A recent Harvard University study found that drinking even small amounts of alcohol during pregnancy increases the production of inhibitory neurons in the fetus’ brain. This can create an imbalance in the developing brain and cause difficulties in learning and emotional regulation later in life