Did you know that your tiny companion is listening to your voice long before you see each other? Babies that are developing in the womb can hear sounds and react to them between the end of the first trimester and the beginning of the second trimester.
The mother’s voice, in particular, is conducted throughout her body whenever she talks or sings. Doctors have long been saying that this is more effective compared to putting the buds of an earphone or headphone on the belly.
Music is very much a part of prenatal care education. It has shown positive results consistently when done right. Here is everything that you need to know about music during pregnancy and how it helps the mother and the baby. The womb is a very quiet place – which means that even the smallest sounds are amplified.
The baby can hear all sorts of noises such as the gurgling of your stomach, your heartbeat, and the swooshing of air as you breathe. It is important to keep away from loud noises including loud music, loud arguments, etc. This could have a negative impact on the child.
Benefits of Listening to Music During pregnancy:
- Mood control: Though pregnancy is a wonderful journey, it can be quite stressful for the mother. This high-stress level can cause anxiety and mood swings in the mother and this could have a negative impact on the baby. Music and singing has a soothing effect on the expecting mother and the unborn baby alike and contributes to a healthy and happy baby later in life.
- Prenatal Bonding: Music is also an important part of prenatal bonding. Listening to a relaxing song or singing lullabies sends calming chemicals throughout the body and into the placenta, facilitating bonding and relaxation. The sound of the mother’s voice is incredibly soothing to the baby and assists with developing a bond before the baby is born.
- Early brain development of the baby: Listening to music encourages early brain development in the fetus because music facilitates neuron connections in the brain. Listening and experiencing music stimulates the fetus’ brain and assists with the growth of brain structures.
The baby starts developing right from day one of the pregnancy and constantly grows. It is essential to know that the development of the baby is different in each phase of pregnancy.
Music is a culmination of sounds, frequencies, and tones. Have you noticed how music has an effect on our moods? Irrespective of the lyrics or syllables, some music makes us feel calm and light, some make us sad, some make us enthusiastic and peppy, and so on. When music can have such an immense effect on our mind, just think about how effective it can be on the brain of a developing baby.
Listening to music is not all about Bollywood numbers or shlokas. There is a certain type of music that turns out to be beneficial to both the mother and the baby. Not just listening to music, but the technique is important for the music to have maximum benefits.
We understand that pregnancy is a journey most women go through, each mother and baby are unique.