Music for Pregnancy
Published on Friday, January 7th, 2011 at 11:40 am and is filed under Stress and Relaxation
Influence of music on the fetus during pregnancy period is being widely discussed these days. According to some gynecologists the fetus can receive vibrations during the latter part of the pregnancy. It can perceive the vibrations after the fourth month of pregnancy. Music may help in fetal growth, as during the advanced stages of pregnancy period, the reception of the fetus increases. The vibrations of music act as external stimuli and influence the environment surrounding the fetus. She can see, hear, and feel – and that, of course, means she can rock to the beat! Other gynecologists suggest, any music that is soothing for the mother is also good for the baby. On the other hand, any music that disturbs the mother would also have similar effects on the baby during pregnancy.
Pregnancy: Mama Let’s Play Some Music
When baby hears the soothing sounds of music through her mother’s womb, first, it stimulates her ear, brain, and body to begin preparation for sound and language comprehension. Second, it lulls her into a calm, meditative state According to musicologists, rhythms, similar to the mother’s heartbeat, have the most calming effect on babies in uterus in the pregnancy period. The classics are great, but most any music will do, as long as it’s calming. After she is born, play the same few songs for your baby that you played in your third trimester of pregnancy, and watch her remember the rhythms and feel soothed.
Listening to music works as an aid to relaxation to the expectant mother during pregnancy. This can help avoid pregnancy complications such as morning sickness, heartburn and pregnancy high blood pressure. Any music or even prayers and chants from any religion, classical, Western or even Jazz will be fine provided the expectant mother enjoy listening to it. The music must be soothing and has to have a rhythmic pattern to it. It relaxes the mother-to-be and thus the growth and development of the fetus is enhanced.
According to a recent research, newborns are able to digest the sound of voices and even information they have heard during the final weeks of pregnancy. In an experiment, babies less than 2 days old could tell which sounds they preferred to hear. They showed sucking preference when known sounds were made. Many mothers have stated to the researcher that their newborn babies seemed to prefer the same type of music that was played during their later stages of pregnancy.
Although there is no data to prove that music could help in the growth of the baby during pregnancy and experts are still skeptical about any direct influence of music on the fetus, but it is also true that the baby can receive sounds from the fifth month onwards. In addition, children exposed to music before birth, develop an ear for it after they are born.
It is said that unborn babies listening to orchestral or classical music through their mother’s womb during pregnancy period do better academically in future than the ones that do not. It’s based on the premise that this type of music stimulates more parts of the brain simultaneously thus building better connectors and receptors to help in the future to retain and process information. So, be ready to play your favorite music, enjoy and let your baby enjoy the same through you.
- 01. A._Arensky- Egipetskie_Nochi
- 02. Adam Gizel_- Adagio
- 03. Bach_- Orchstral_Suit
- 04. Bach_- Toccata_Fugue
- 05.. Belini – Norma
- 06. Bethoven – Simfonia N5 Allegro
- 07. Bethoven – Sonata N14 Adagio Sostenuto
- 08. Bethoven – Sonata N14 Allegretto
- 09. Bethoven – Sonata N14 Presto Agitato
- 10. L._Boccherini_- Menuet
- 11. A._Borodin_- String Qartet N2
- 12. A._Borodin_- Polovtsian Dances