Music during pregnancy: Benefits of listening to music during pregnancy
Researchers have no evidence to prove that listening to music during pregnancy can make the child smarter.
However, listening to music may help in reducing the mother’s anxiety levels. This is helpful because stress can have a negative impact on the baby’s development in utero.
Music contributes to a happier and healthier baby. You can play whatever soft music you like, from jazz to a lullaby – just ensure to keep it at a low volume that is safe for your child.
Music also stimulates prenatal bonding. Try listening to slow and relaxing beats which help transmit calming chemicals throughout the body and in the placenta. This enhances the bond between the baby and the expectant mother.
Music during pregnancy: Play music at a safe volume
Many studies have revealed that fetuses with long-term exposure to loud sounds are more prone to preterm birth, lower birth weight, and higher chances of having a hearing loss for higher frequency noises.
Thus, do not turn the volume any higher than 65 decibels (dB). Noises above 65 dB may hurt the unborn baby or frighten him. If you are a big fan of music with prolonged periods of listening, keep the volume around 50 dB or lower.