Are you pregnant? (A few of you seem to be, judging from the comments coming through on the site.) Or are you planning on being pregnant one day? Or will someone you know be pregnant one day?
Then this post is for you. And it’s going to make sure that your baby is the genius child to beat all other genius children.
That’s right; while other children will be pushing trucks around sandpits, your child will be already solving quadratic equations with imaginary numbers. And they’ll also be able to cook you a three-course Vietnamese meal while reciting all of the works of Jane Austen.
Okay… perhaps not. But there have absolutely been some interesting discoveries in the field of pregnancy and baby brains.
We already know that exercise is beneficial for our health, and it’s constantly been found to improve brain health and activity. But now, a trio of researchers from the University of Montreal in Canada have deduced that the same might just go for babies in utero.
That’s right. If you exercise while pregnant, your baby’s brain might just be better off.
The researchers gathered a group of women in their first trimester of pregnancy, and divided them into “active” or “sedentary” groups. The active group exercised at a moderate pace, at least three times a week, for 20 minutes of day.
Once the babies were born, their brains were tested with 124 soft electrodes that test for electrical activity in the brain. (Don’t worry – no babies were harmed in the process.) And guess what?
The babies who had active mothers actually had more active brains than the babies of those who did no exercise.
In a statement, one of the researchers who participated in the experiment said: “We are optimistic that this will encourage women to change their health habits, given that the simple act of exercising during pregnancy could make a difference for their child’s future.”