Music During Pregnancy

 

The question what your unborn child hears has long been a source of controversy. Experienced obstetricians-gynecologists assert, the child of 18-20 weeks of gestation already hears almost everything that happens inside and outside the mother's bump, just a bit muted. By this time the fetus has completely formed the outer and inner ear. After the 24th week the child distinguishes between voices, differentiates the timbres and the frequency of sounds. Quiet sounds lull it, loud, jerky, low ones frighten and disturb the baby, melodic, funny and light sounds amuse and cheer, and  rhythmic sounds sometimes make it dance. In addition to the sounds of the surrounding world, the child hears Mom's breathing, the sound of her heart, the sounds of the work of the intestines.

As the gestation period increases, the range of frequencies perceived by the fetus becomes wider. By the 20th week he distinguishes sounds from 500 to 1000 Hertz, as the child develops and grows, the range extends from 100-4000.

According to some researchers, heavy rock music has frequencies that disrupt the balance of brain cells in the fetus and lead to their withering away. If the future mother is a fan of "metal" styles, it makes sense to reconsider your preferences in music even before the birth of the baby.

It is considered that the ideal for listening during pregnancy are works of classical composers. However, not all children love Mozart and Liszt and favorably perceive classical music. Often kids are worried and fighting, demanding to change the melody.

Observations of future mothers and children, conducted in the US and the UK, showed that children were becoming more active in motor activity and pulse during the reproduction of dynamic melodies, while lullabies calmed them, the heart rate was reduced, and the children calmed down. Alaska medical scientists found that in the period of more than 30 weeks the fetus can dance slightly at dynamic sounds, it rhythmically moves the body, squeezes and unclenches fingers, and tries to rotate. So, if you need to cheer the baby, turn on the samba or foxtrot, and set the baby to sleep will help the melody for meditation, nature sounds or lullabies.

Parents sometimes note that the child shares their preferences in music, calms down or activates to the sounds of the melodies that they like. This is due to the fact that during the intrauterine development the baby often "listened" and remembered his mother's favorite music, but when he heard it, he recognized and remembered. The child gets used to it even before the birth, a familiar melody does not cause him anxiety and worry.

What is the right thing to listen in anticipation of the baby's appearance? There is no "good" and "bad" music, there are no standards and precise recommendations for all future mothers. The kid perceives and reacts to the mood of the mother, and if the classics includes it only because such music seems to be useful to the baby, but it is not pleasant for her - the baby will do more harm than positive emotions.

And the sweetest sounds in the world for any baby are the voices of beloved mums and dads. And it does not matter whether you have a good taste in music and what a repertoire is. A simple purr, a lullaby or a favorite hit will be for your child the best and pleasant music. Not less importance lies in the meaning, love and tenderness, with which a song for the long-awaited child is filled, performed from the heart. This is exactly the music remembered and loved by your baby.

 

 

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