Music is a part and parcel of all our lives. It holds a deep connection to our lives. From calming adults to helping people with deep-rooted depression, it has the capability to heal and cure emotional and mental storms. It is such a mood lifter that it can push your mood from 0 to a 100 easily. There are few claims that even plants tend to better when good music is played around them.
There’s constantly a debate on whether or not is music is good for the developing fetus inside the womb. Some studies have it~ music can actually help in the development of your fetus! It is said that it improves cognition, attention span, and motor skills as a newborn. It can be used a tool for helping your newborn understand and respond to sounds.
When does the fetus actually hear sounds?
Usually, a fetus can begin hearing by the age of 25 weeks. By that time, the baby has fairly developed ears. The neurosensory development begins after 20 weeks and by the 25th week he is able to hear and sense vibrations and sounds around him.
What’s more surprising is that they can even recognize your voice by the 31st week! Now you know why everybody keeps telling you to talk to the bump.
Does listening to music make my baby smarter?
If you’re trying to make the fetus listen to classical music like symphonies or singing songs to your developing fetus, science might have some answers for you:
The heart rate of the fetus changes with the rhythm of the music!
Believe it or not!!
To test this, a study was conducted on few pregnant mothers and their fetus growing in their womb. They were told to make the fetus hear a classical piece of music- Brahms’ Lullaby played on the piano, every day for 5 minutes.
It was found that:
1. Within just 30 seconds of the music begins to play, fetuses as young as 28–32 weeks registered a rise in heart rate when music was played at louder decibels.
2.Fetus heart rate drops when music is played at lower decibels. This is a sign that the fetus is paying attention to the music.
3. Irrespective of the decibel level, fetuses over 33 weeks registered a steady gradual rise in their heart rate as the music played out in the 5-minute window.
4.Fetuses at term were also impacted by the speed of the song, with heart rate rising as the tempo increased.All fetus's heart rate actually reduced when music was played at lower decibels.
The researchers saw this as a sign of the fetus paying attention to the audio stimulus.
Since the experiment had a credible validation, it is safe to say that music does have an effect on the heart rate of the fetus. However, you need to understand that he doesn’t get to hear the same sounds as you due to the amniotic fluid present in the sac!
What music really does to the fetus?
It allows the fetus an ability to establish memories! It is quite difficult to establish whether a fetus builds memories and retains them after it is born. Various studies have tried to find out whether fetuses remember sounds and music they heard inside the womb.
Moreover, every mommy to be is told to undergo a process called ‘garbh sanskar’ which help the mother attain some peace and at the same time her baby in the womb is also exposed to positive chants and mantras. It will soothe the baby as the vibrations and the sound both help in relaxation.