Hey preggy mom, here's something to ponder on. According to recent studies, you may have a lot to do with your child’s intelligence. For one, there’s a big chance your child will inherit his smarts from you rather than from dad.
Research from the University of Ulm in Germany, featured in Psychology Spot and reported by Good Housekeeping, found that genes related to cognitive abilities were located on the X chromosome. Since women carry two X chromosomes, it’s twice more likely that their intelligence is passed on to the child as opposed to dad’s. Ahem! Maybe your child has you to thank as well for her high grades.
Another study, this time conducted by the Medical Research Council in 1994 and also featured in Psychology Spot, interviewed more than 12,000 young people between 14 and 22 years old about their IQ, race, education and socio-economic status. They found that the best predictor of a child’s intelligence was his mother’s IQ--results showed that there was only an average of a 15-point difference between the kids’ IQ and their mothers.
If you're not convinced about our X chromosomes, a study found an association between fruit consumption during pregnancy and baby’s intelligence.
Researchers from the University of Alberta analyzed data from 688 babies to look at factors that can help predict neurodevelopment at the age of 1. The babies were measured on the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development, which noted an infant’s ability to stack blocks or remember a small object hidden under a cup.
The results showed that each additional serving of fruit that pregnant women consumed increased the cognitive scores of their babies a year after birth, reported The Wall Street Journal.
Previously, fish has been the only food linked to an increase in cognitive development in babies. So, the findings even suprised Dr. Piush Mandhane, an associate professor of pediatrics at the university and co-author of the study, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Does this mean you should scarf down as much fruits as possibly can? The researchers advise against it. “We don’t want pregnant women to go out and eat a tremendous amount of fruit,” says Dr. Mandhane. Too much fruit could lead to increased weight gain, or could raise blood sugar levels leading to gestational diabetes, notes The Wall Street Journal.
Instead, Dr. Mandhane advises pregnant women to meet the recommended daily intake of fruits. That’s 400g (5 servings) of fruits and vegetables a day, according to healthy diet recommendations by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Want to eat more fruit and veggies? WHO suggests:
1. Include vegetables in all your meals. You could whip up a quick veggie sidedish (pick one from this list recommended by the Department of Health) or choose from these scrumptious veggie-packed recipes.
2. Eat fresh fruits and raw vegetables as snacks. First, hide processed snacks like potato chips and chocolate cookies way in the back of your food cabinet. Then, make fruits and vegetable easier for you to munch on by prepping them beforehand. Peel, slice, place in reusable containers and store in the fridge for easy snacking.
3. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables in season. Lucky that the Philippines is a tropical country. There’s always an abundance of fruits! Pick fruits in season so they’re easier to get a hold of, and are sure to be sweet and ripe.