Pregnant Moms, what do you know about the development of your precious’ brain while you are carrying the little one?
There’s lots of information about this on Adam and Mila’s website that they encourage us to share, including:
The Fetal Brain
The prenatal brain development starts at just over two weeks in, with the formation of the neural plate. The neural plate will curve into the neural tube, which will close and segment into four distinct sections. We call these the forebrain, the midbrain, the hindbrain, and the spinal cord. They are the predecessors to your little one’s wonderfully complex nervous system. This is all finished up by about the 7th week of pregnancy.
At just six weeks, your child begins to move, and this is just the beginning. Before the start of the second trimester, your child will be able to suck, swallow, “breathe,” stretch, and even suck their thumb!
The last part of your baby’s brain to mature before birth is the cerebral cortex, which is the part of the brain that controls voluntary actions. This part of the brain will still be relatively underdeveloped at birth, but it matures rapidly within the first few years of you child’s life.
More good news: the best thing that you can do to keep your developing child healthy is to keep yourself healthy. It’s a win-win for both of you.