Pregnancy music for expectant mothers benefits babies, according to researchers

By: | Published: March 14, 2019 4:36 PM

According to the findings of the researchers, classical music triggered the greatest level of foetal reaction at 84%, followed by traditional music at 79%.

According to the findings of the researchers, classical music triggered the greatest level of foetal reaction at 84%, followed by traditional music at 79%. (Source: Twitter)

‘Is pregnancy music a good thing?’ is a commonly asked question among expectant mothers. Several generations of Indian families in southern India brought music into every aspect of their daily life, citing that it brings a feeling of joy and happiness to their homes. Early mornings were punctuated by the sounds of musical offerings such as the suprabhatam, which not only infused the home with a feeling of harmony but also lifted everyone’s mood upon awakening and prepared them for work ahead.

In India, music has always been a way of life for most families. Be it festivals like Holi or Christmas, the essence of all celebrations includes music and dance. For pregnant women, listening to Carnatic music and instrumental music are highly recommended. Most recently, in an interview given to Delhi Age, Carnatic vocalist and Padma Bhushan Sudha Raghunathan strongly recommended that pregnant women should listen to music as the baby absorbs everything.

As we live in the digital age, a natural question to ask is whether music is recommended by scientists.

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In 2018, it was reported in a UK newspaper that researchers have found that playing Mozart to unborn babies is most likely to make them feel happy in the womb. For happy and contented responses from the foetus, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy and Bach’s sonata was also recommended.

When scientists at Barcelona’s Institute Marques studied the tongue and mouth movements of over 300 foetuses between 18 and 38 weeks in gestation. During the time, the babies were given exposure to 15 different songs spanning classical, pop, rock and other genres of music.

According to the findings of the researchers, classical music triggered the greatest level of foetal reaction at 84%, followed by traditional music at 79%.

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