Sound Stimulation in Pregnancy
The number one source of fetal stimulation and the most important form of communication for your little one is sound! Your baby does not hear particularly well through his ears, which are filled with amniotic fluid. What your baby hears most clearly comes through the vibrations of his skull.Â Your baby’s hearing begins around the 20th week of pregnancy! This is when sound stimulation in pregnancy becomes something we can do to bond with your growing baby.
Babies learn to recognize words in the womb
Its true babies learn to recognize words as well as overall sounds while they are in the womb. Don’t worry while babies learn and retain what they hear while in the womb you don’t have to stress over creating a genius at 20 weeks.
Taking advantage of their newfound hearing skills.
I personally enjoy listening to classical music as well as opera and the occasional hip-hop, and reggaeton. Yeah, I like a wide variety of music and as a pregnant mom, I am listening to music as I clean, work and play. My little muffin in my tummy is absorbing all of these sounds as well as conversations and so on. So my question is what it is doing to him? Well, I don’t know, research is conflicting and inconclusive because, well you can’t really test a fetus.
I am totally guilty of using an old pair of headphones and the loudest volume on my iPod or CD Player at the time and playing myÂ favorite tunes to my daughter. Was this correct? Probably not since, you really don’t need to blast music on your belly to have them hear what you are listening to. My daughter was born loving music, constantly singing as she has gotten older. She had really amazing verbal skills early on too, but can I attribute that to her listening to music in the womb?
No! How can I, I don’t know if it had any effect. I also read aloud to myself a lot! I was in my third year of college and I had some challenging classes on my schedule and baby brain going on. It was hard to focus and excel, one thing that I found that was helpful was reading aloud to myself. I continued to read aloud to myself and to my new daughter and listen to music, so did it have an effect? Again you can not test a fetus, therefore, you can not know for sure.
The second time around
Of course, as you grow older you learn more and mature. Do I want to play music for my second child? Yeah! I do, who knows if it does have an effect. I want to read to him, and play music for him and talk to him just because he can hear! He is growing and learning. Learning about his mommy, and family. The only difference is this time I want to make sure it is completely safe.
Sharing music the safe way.
I found Nuvo Ritmo Pregnancy Sound System that I love love love!Â It is comfortable and you do not have to continuously buy adhesives to stick to your skin, that may not stick if you lotion your belly up to avoid itching and stretch marks. (Guilty! Yes, I have a ton of oil on me!)
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What do you think about playing music to your baby in the womb? Have you done it? Let me know in the comments below.
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