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Apollo Beach Child Care: Second Trimester of Fetal Brain Development

Posted on 01-19-2015


Brain development for children begins before birth. It is important for a parent to understand the stages of fetal development so that the right care can be provided to ensure optimal brain development. Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Southshore in Apollo Beach, Florida, highlights the brain development of your unborn child during the second trimester of pregnancy.

When is the second trimester?

As a general rule the second trimester starts from the beginning of your thirteenth week of pregnancy through the end of the 28th week. By this stage, you will have noticed that your baby is forming and is moving inside you, generally at about sixteen weeks. At around twenty weeks, the brain of the fetus begins its most important stage of growth.

Brain development within your baby

During the second trimester, your unborn child will begin receiving nourishment through the umbilical cord. One of the main aspects of ensuring strong brain development is ensuring you receive adequate nutrition. It is essential that you keep your body free from toxins and harmful food and drink. The right food, vitamins, and minerals reaching your baby in utero will help to ensure optimal brain development.

Stress and your unborn child

Your unborn baby can hear your heartbeat and everything else going on in your environment. This means that the way in which you conduct yourself will affect your child’s brain development. Giving the best care before your child is born is essential, and can be done by keeping calm and stress free. Stress and an escalated heartbeat will affect your child in negative ways.

Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Southshore in Apollo Beach, Florida, understands brain development in infants and young children. Contact us now to find out more about how we nurture your child’s development, or to enroll your child in our AdvancED™ accredited program.

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