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Importance of listening to Music during Pregnancy

14 Feb
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A study provides important insight into why listening to music calms our brains and makes us happy. Because when we satisfy our desire to eat, sleep or have sex, our brain releases dopamine hormones. In addition, the "feel good" neurochemical is involved when we experience pleasure and reward. This chemical is released when we listening music because we feel good.

Listening to Music during Pregnancy

Listening to music during pregnancy will not only have a soothing and uplifting effect on the pregnant woman, but also a positive influence on the unborn baby.’ (UNISEF)

It s believed that unborn babies can hear music in the second trimester, but they only start responding to noises and sounds in the third trimester. The baby's ear begins to form by nine weeks of pregnancy. By eighteen weeks, babies begin to hear, and their sensitivity to sound improves each day from the last point.

Benefits of listening to music during pregnancy:

1. Listening to music while pregnant has many benefits for the developing unborn baby. Music will appear to your child as rhythmic sound waves. The child focuses on these, and it stimulates cognitive skills and auditory senses while improving their reflexes.

2. It is believed that the type of music you listen to during pregnancy can help shape your baby's personality. Thus, soothing music may encourage calm and quiet behavior, while loud music may bring out aggressive ways.

3. Music calms you down during times of stress or anxiety. This, in turn, makes your child also experience a calm and blissful environment. It is thus an effective way of dealing with stress during pregnancy.

4. Researchers believe that exposure to a particular tune or music lasts well after birth and may be useful in trying to calm your baby. That's why a single lullaby song during pregnancy makes the child fall asleep even after birth.

5. In addition, listening to music promotes brain development in the fetus because music facilitates neuron connections in the brain. Hearing and experiencing music stimulates the fetal brain and assists with the growth of brain structures. 

What kind of music to listen during Pregnancy?

Experts say that simple tunes are ideal for your baby to play. But as long as you find something you like and enjoy, it is fine for your unborn child to play with. The music you play will depend on your mood at a particular time.

Listening to music by Amadeus Mozart may positively affect intelligence even before birth because it enhances neuron pathways in the brain.

How long should I listen to music during pregnancy?

When using headphones to enjoy your favorite music, make sure you don't use them for more than an hour or two every day.

And if you prefer to put your headphones on your stomach, be sure to only do it for five to ten minutes at a time and not for an hour or more throughout the day.

It is important to remember that your baby needs to sleep and rest at regular intervals. So, by playing too much music, you may end up disrupting your unborn baby's sleep patterns.


A sound level of music

The womb is a relatively quiet place registering around 50 - 60 dB. A normal conversation is approximately 60 dB. Anything over 80 decibels is likely too loud, such as a ringing phone or the sound of a toilet flushing. If music is to be played for long periods of time, it is best to keep the volume at 60 decibels. Unborn babies may be startled by loud noises.

In a water medium, sound waves double their effect, so continuous exposure to music louder than 70 decibels can have adverse effects on the baby’s ear and you. This can cause you to develop high blood pressure, while it can slow down your child's learning skills.

Disclaimer: This blog is correct as per the writer’s knowledge. This is not a medical guidance. Follow as you are responsible for.

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