The bottom line is that the association between light stimulation and brain development in a fetus is worth looking further into.
Other Things That Affect The Brain Development Of A Fetus⁵
Long before discovering the possible effects of light stimulation during pregnancy, experts have already identified other factors that influence the brain development in a fetus.
For instance, being undernourished while pregnant has been shown to affect the child’s stress response once they reach young adulthood. Likewise, maternal overnutrition appears to negatively impact the baby’s executive functioning and neurodevelopment.
Infection during pregnancy is another factor. Case in point: pregnant mothers who developed polio, rubella, and measles seem to have an increased risk of schizophrenia in their offspring. Other infections, such as herpes, also indirectly affect neurodevelopment by increasing the risk of preterm birth.
Finally, the stress in mothers also affects the brain development in a fetus. Children exposed to high levels of stress while they were in the womb are at a heightened risk of various mental conditions, including schizophrenia, depression, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). They might also have behavioral and emotional problems.
How To Nurture Fetal Brain Development
Like mentioned earlier, prenatal visits are important. Showing up to your appointment means the doctor can see if your baby is growing and developing as expected. It’s also crucial to take prescribed supplements and medications. Folic acid, in particular, plays a significant role in the brain development of a fetus.