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Pregnancy Heartbeat – Prenatal Music Stimulation and Your Unborn Child

On June 30, 2010, in Blog, Research, by Bellybuds

Once upon a time a device called the “walkman” was invented, making music more portable. In today’s world, iPods, MP3 players, cell phones and other small computing devices have made it even more easily accessible and portable than ever before. Expecting mommies can even find belly gear with built-in speakers specifically for baby’s listening pleasure in utero!

The Science of Prenatal Music

Researchers now know that music affects us in many ways. The medical profession has found its use in patient rooms and intensive care helps premature babies and patients with serious illness. New studies are being conducted to research how it actually affects babies in the womb. While these studies are still in their infancy, studies performed all conclude that prenatal music stimulation of baby’s auditory senses is very beneficial.

The amniotic fluid surrounding your baby not only acts as a protective barrier, but conducts sound very well. Your unborn child is able to clearly hear your voice, music and other external sounds that surround your daily life, and will react to those sounds through an increased heart rate and movement. This has led many researchers to believe there is more to hearing than our ears.

Some believe the use of music stimuli while in the womb may well be the building blocks for intellectual development or musical abilities. There is currently no sound evidence to support claims that listening to music while in the womb will actually increase your child’s intelligence, or make your child more musically inclined. However, the studies have found that babies serenaded to before birth respond to and remember the music played long after birth.

Benefits to You and Your Child

Your unborn child has an incredible ability to feel your emotions and know your state of mind, and will react according to your moods and emotions. Whether or not you believe prenatal music can make your child more intelligent or more prone to musical abilities, there are definitely benefits proven beneficial when used during pregnancy.

  • Reduces stress-levels for both baby and mother during pregnancy
  • Begins the bonding process, giving you the opportunity to make an early life-long connection with your child
  • Calming music relaxes even the most agitated baby, placing you and your child in a calm and tranquil state
  • Baby will benefit from the hormones mommy produces when she is relaxed and happy!
  • It provides the building blocks for later brain development
  • Prenatal music is baby’s first memory skill
  • Facilitates and enhances baby’s physical and emotional well-being
  • Singing lullabies nurtures early communication through the language of music
  • Music creates a bridge from baby’s inner womb environment to the outer world
  • Studies and mothers alike have found singing lullabies to baby in utero facilitates sleeping habits after birth; baby remembers the feeling of warmth and comfort of the womb, as well as the song!

Your unborn baby is surrounded by rich and diversified internal rhythmic sounds, which include your breathing, heart beat, physical movements and baby’s own cardiovascular pulsations and movements. Because of these internal sounds, outside sounds must be slightly louder than the internal environment, but not so loud that it agitates baby.

Vibrations of the instruments can be felt directly by your body because sound waves travel through matter, which includes your womb aided by the sound conduction of the amniotic fluid. The choice of music as well as the frequency and pitch affects both you and your child. Whether you prefer The Beatles, New Age, Classical music or want to play and sing lullabies, keep it at a lower frequency—one that provides comfortable listening levels for you and baby.

Prenatal music stimulation should be used in moderation. Overstimulation can cause discomfort and agitation for both mother and child.

There is no doubt that your unborn child can respond to external sounds heard while in the comfort of the womb. The gentle strains of lullabies and soft music can act as a balm to nourish the soul. It truly encompasses all aspects of life, affecting us as well as healing our body, heart, mind and spirit.

(c) Copyright April 2010 Catherine L Pittman – All Rights Reserved

 

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On June 29, 2010, in Tweet, by Bellybuds

Fun question of the day: What kind of interesting foods have you been craving during your pregnancy?

 

I love my Bellybuds…

On June 28, 2010, in Blog, Reviews, by Russ

I love my Bellybuds, but even better was the customer service we received, including answers to our questions prior to purchase and following up with us after.

 

I cannot rave enough…

On June 28, 2010, in Blog, Reviews, by Russ

I cannot rave enough about this product. I love my BellyBuds. I use them every day. I use them while cleaning, doing the dishes, loading the laundry. They are very portable. The case they come in even has a clip to carry them on your backpack or your jeans. The music seems to calm my overactive baby. I love them so much.

 

My wife and I are expecting twins…

On June 28, 2010, in Blog, Reviews, by Russ

My wife and I are expecting twins this spring, and when we heard about Belly Buds we had to give them a try. Every pregnancy book says that they can hear with their little ears, so we wanted to play them some of our favorite tunes. The buds work great! The kiddies definitely respond the the music – moving and shaking! We took them on our Babymoon to the beach and they were a lot of fun for us (and I think them too). I’m a big fan of the feature where you can plug your headphones into the buds so you can listen along and figure out which songs they like the best… Ours seem to enjoy several Beatles songs (who doesn’t) and the album Raising Sand by Alison Krauss and Robert Plant.

 
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