Over the past several years new scientific research has overwhelmingly shown that there are many benefits to playing music while pregnant.
- Helps reduce the mother's stress levels during pregnancy
- Improves a baby's sleeping habits after birth
- Lays the foundation for the baby's learning abilities
- Encourages early brain development
- Creates a wonderful bonding experience between mom and baby
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It is well documented that a developing fetus can hear and react to sounds in the womb. Active listening usually begins around the 24th week of pregnancy. Even though babies don't know anything about music, they are able to tell the difference between a melody and speech.
"Music stimulates the growth of brain structures and connects many activated brain areas. Learning is based on the plasticity of the brain which is the most powerful in the early years, however, it keep going over the entire life span. Brain development is basically determined by its genetic disposition, but its individual structure depends on use. The brain develops according to how we use it. All experiences are stored in the brain and influence its neural structure.", says Wilfried Gruhn, Emeritus Professor of Music Education, University of Music Freiburg, Germany
Listening to music is fun, entertaining, and relaxing. For an unborn infant, music also prepares the ear and brain to listen, and to integrate and produce language sounds. On-going research of the effects of prenatal music stimulation on learning has been in progress for decades, and is considered the foundation for reading, writing and arithmetic.
For years, researchers have been studying the effects of music played during pregnancy on infant development. For example, early childhood researchers Thomas R. Verny and Rene Van de Carr found that babies stimulated in the womb exhibit advanced visual, auditory, language and motor development skills.
Just about any type of music is suitable. "Different kinds of music are essential and can be useful for the baby's future writing, reading and language skills," says Dr. Phillip A. De Fina, associate professor at the New York University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience and chief neuropsychologist and director of neurotherapies at the NYU Brain Research Laboratories.
Listening to music can also be an effective tool to help reduce stress during pregnancy; and listening along with your baby can be a wonderful bonding experience between the expectant mother and her unborn child. While spoken language can take more than a year to develop, playing music is one of the earliest things parents can do with their children.