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The benefits of Sound & Music while pregnant........

Listening and fetal development

The womb is a relatively quiet place registering around 50 – 60dB. A normal conversation registers about 60dB. The fetus develops ears in the third week of gestation but they don’t become functional until the week 16. While we know the fetus can actively listen by week 24, ultrasounds reveal that the fetus can hear and in turn respond to sound at week 16.

Benefits of listening to music when pregnant

High stress levels in expectant mothers can have negative effects on fetal development. 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. Choose any kind of music you like – anything from a Beethoven classic to singing lullabies.

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.

Baby’s early brain development

Listening to all kinds of 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.

New studies even suggest that babies remember music they listened to in the womb for up to four months after being born! So, listening to music while you’re pregnant is definitely a good idea, for both mom and baby.


Important Tips for Playing Music in the Womb:

  • Don’t play too much music – No need to go overboard with the discovery that music encourages development in your unborn baby by constantly playing music to your baby all through your pregnancy. Listen to music for your own pleasure and not for the purpose of assisting in your baby’s development.

  • Don’t play the music too loud – Loud noises tend to disturb growing babies.

  • Don’t forget to sing too – The sound of the mother’s voice is incredibly soothing to baby and assists with developing a bond before baby is born.

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