6 Wonderful Effects of Listening to Music During Pregnancy
Music during pregnancy is an important topic. What you listen to while pregnant can, in fact, impact your baby (and you) in several important ways. Our guest post today is from Curtis Dean of Sage Music School:
Music is known to have a lot of benefits to people. It can help you relax, sooth your negative emotions and even make you feel better. But did you know that there are special benefits that you can get from it during pregnancy? This is something that has been proven in different studies. Both the mother and the unborn child can actually benefit from the good effects of music during the period of pregnancy.
Effects of Listening to Music During Pregnancy:
Pregnancy is a special period in a woman’s life. While you are carrying another life, you are also taking care of yourself. Music can be very helpful for you and it can also be beneficial for the baby you are carrying. Here are some of the wonderful effects of listening to music both for the mother and the baby during pregnancy:
1). Practicing a Musical Instrument Improves Patience
As a pregnant woman, you can still explore different activities such as getting some guitar lessons. You can practice playing musical instrument during this period. One of the most important aspects that you can improve from doing this is your patience. As you patiently learn the notes and the proper way of playing an instrument, you are also teaching yourself to extend your patience.
2). Baby’s Early Brain Development
When you listen to music, your unborn baby also listens to it. In fact, the vibrations they hear from music can help them practice their reflexes and develop their brain. You will notice that whenever you listen to music, the unborn baby also reacts to the vibration. They also try to sync with the beat and react to it. This is because the body and the brain is reacting and are being enhanced by music.
3). Will Act as a Soothing Lullaby after Birth
Did you know that your baby remembers the music you used to listen to while pregnant? This is one of the claims of researchers. When you try to use the music you have been listening to get them to sleep, it will be more effective. This is because of the retention that makes it something familiar to their system.
4). Improved Auditory Senses
The unborn baby surely does not understand yet the lyrics of the songs you listen to. However, the music itself can be beneficial in improving a baby’s auditory senses. The vibrations and the sound waves are acting as agents that can help them practice their hearing. They will learn to concentrate on the sound and this can have a goof effect to them.
5). Reduced Stress Levels
As a pregnant woman, life can be extra stressful. There are different changes in your body and you may be affected emotionally. Music can help you go through this phase in your life. Listening to the type of music you love can help you improve your mood. It can also give you the soothing effect that is good for your pregnancy.
6). Promotes Personality Development
There are also some studies backing up the claim that listening to music during your pregnancy can help develop the personality of your baby. The type of music can help you build the type of personality your baby will have. Some researchers claim that listening to calming music can help develop a relaxed and calm personality.
How to Choose the Right Type of Music
Choosing the right music is not at all that tricky when you are pregnant. Most researchers would recommend that listening to classical music can help develop a child’s brain. You can also choose to listen to music that is relaxing when you notice that the baby is not comfortable. The type of music that you can listen to depends on what you want to develop. However, you have to remind yourself always that your unborn baby may be sensitive at this point. Opting to listen to soft melodies is recommended.
Safety Precautions for Music During Pregnancy:
There are also some limits that you have to remember whenever you are listening to music in your pregnancy. There are some things that you need to avoid and adjust to ensure your baby’s health and well-being. Here are some of the things you should consider in choosing the music that you want to play:
Don’t Play Too Much Music
Always remember that too much of everything is not good. This is also the deal with music during pregnancy. Playing too much music can also make your unborn baby feel uneasy. They also need time to rest. While the baby is resting, it would be recommended to have some peace and quiet. This way, the growth that they are supposed to be going through will not be affected. Play music only when you think you need to relax or when it is good for the baby.
Don’t Play the Music Too Loud
When unborn babies are constantly being exposed to loud music, it may also have a negative effect to them. This can cause pre-mature birth or if not, it can affect the way the baby’s hearing is developed. It may lead to difficulty in hearing upon birth.
Music is indeed a magical element that can be beneficial to you in different phases of life.
Curtis Dean writes on behalf of Sage Music School where they base lessons on the science and research of the psychology of learning. Their effective teaching methods create confident and capable students who enjoy the happiness of making music.