Pregnancy

Your Baby’s Developing Brain

Are you pregnant or thinking about starting a family?

Do you want the best start possible for your baby, providing them with natural brain development?

Do you want to make sure your own mental health won’t have a negative impact on your baby’s developing brain?

In this fascinating, well-researched and informative series, Your Baby’s Developing Brain, author Dr. Chong Chen uses the knowledge he has gleaned from years of painstaking research, to help you give your unborn baby the start in life it deserves, with a look at things like:

  • How to sow the seeds of intelligence
  • The fundamental principles of parenting
  • Diet, weight and nutrition
  • Avoiding environmental risks
  • Getting the right amount of sleep
  • How to educate your unborn baby
  • Music to listen to
  • Managing emotions
  • And much more…

Getting the right start in life is important for every child. It is a challenge for parents to know what is best and how to achieve it, but with this series to help you can eliminate many of the dangers and begin your child’s education while it’s still in the womb.

Get your copy of this illuminating series, Your Baby’s Developing Brain, now and give your child the perfect start in life!

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Book One Psychology for Pregnancy: How Your Mental Health During Pregnancy Programs Your Baby’s Developing Brain

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Book Two The Seed of Intelligence: Boost Your Baby’s Developing Brain Through Optimal Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyle

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Book Three The Wonder of Prenatal Education: Why You Should Listen to Mozart and Sing to Your Baby While Pregnant

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Believe it or not, everything starts in the womb. A pregnancy’s full potential can be reached through a careful analysis and adjustment of the mother’s external and mental world…“Your Baby’s Developing Brain” Series by Dr. Chong Chen is a great resource to add to your knowledge about the way we function as humans and how to assist future tiny humans to reach their best physical and psychological potential.

I believe Dr. Chong Chen’s work is socially valuable, not only due to its content and immediate impact, but mainly because it promotes a lifestyle based on personal responsibility and engagement. We have the scientific data to better understand and even control significant parts of our lives. We can now update our knowledge, our attitudes and we can act accordingly, gradually changing the immediate world we live in and in time, contributing to the global social development and progress.

— Lucia GrosaruPsychology Corner
Sleep

Twelve tips to help you get a better sleep

woman-2197947_1920Sometimes, I struggle to fall asleep at night. I would lie in bed all night, trying to stop myself from thinking about anything specific. And during these times, there was always an impulse to get my phone and browse news or SNS. I would always have to struggle for a few minutes against this idea.

There is abundant neuroscientific evidence that evening use of light-emitting devices (LEDs) suppresses melatonin and increases alertness. LEDs produce enhanced short-wavelength light emissions when displaying texts. As a result, the latency to fall asleep prolongs, and the amount of REM sleep decreases. Evening use of LEDs thus leads to poor sleep quality. In a 2015 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers compared the effects of reading an eBook on a LED with reading a printed book in the hours before bedtime. It was found that, compared to those reading a printed book, subjects reading an eBook took significantly longer to fall asleep, had delayed timing of their circadian clock, and lower next-morning alertness.

Notably, early pubertal children, namely 4-6th-grade elementary students, are particularly sensitive to evening light and show sleep disturbance after using LEDs before bedtime. Frequent usage of LEDs before bedtime impairs their alertness, attention, and learning efficiency the next day. Indeed, it has been reported that high school students who text longer at night after lights are out sleep fewer hours, are sleepier during the day, and have lower academic achievement.

Avoiding the use of LEDs before bedtime is essential. These findings also suggest that healthy sleep habits are important for optimal performance during the day time. In my new book written for pregnant women, The Seed of Intelligence: Boost Your Baby’s Developing Brain through Optimal Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyle, I summarized twelve strategies that help optimize sleep. I share them with you here:

  1. Establish more regularity and consistency in the timing of daily activities, especially the timing of getting up, evening meals, and bedtime routine. For example, you may want to read, take a hot shower, and then go to bed. Higher levels of regularity in behavioral rhythms are associated with better sleep outcomes, lower depression, and improved health.
  2. Make your bedroom quiet, cool, and dark, and your bed comfortable to promote sleep.
  3. Use your bedroom only for sleep, do not work or watch TV or videos in bed. This helps to establish a conditioning between your bedroom and sleep.
  4. Nap early, keep it short and before 5 p.m. Regular napping has been associated with enhanced mood, reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases and better cognitive functioning; but late napping may interfere with night sleep.
  5. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine for three to six hours before bedtime, as these chemicals interfere with sleep.
  6. Avoid heavy meals 2–3 hours before bedtime. Eating big or spicy meals may cause discomfort and interfere with sleep. If you feel hungry, try a light snack at least 45 minutes before bedtime.
  7. Consume enough drinks during the day, but balance it before sleep so that you won’t wake up thirsty nor have to go to bathroom in the middle of
  8. Do not use light-emitting electronic devices such as cell phones and tablets before bedtime, as it has negative effects on sleep.
  9. Exercise every day, as regular exercise improves sleep quality. But try to avoid vigorous exercise within 2 hours of going to bed, for vigorous late-night exercise may produce increased arousal and prolong your sleep onset latency.
  10. Try to reduce total sitting time and time spent television viewing. The more total sitting time and time spent viewing television, the greater odds of long sleep onset latency (≥ 30 min), waking up too early in the morning and poor sleep quality, and the higher risk for obstructive sleep apnea.
  11. If you can’t fall asleep after 20–30 minutes, get out of bed, go to another room, and do something relaxing, for example reading or listening to slow, soothing music until you are tired enough to sleep.
  12. Don’t stare at your clock at night. It actually increases stress and interferes with sleep.

There is a general belief that certain food may improve sleep quality. I’m now reviewing the scientific evidence and will share with you the result soon.