Playing pregnancy music and talking to baby in the womb

Talking to unborn baby

Most women get used to their pregnant tummies usually by talking to the baby within. From the second trimester of pregnancy, your baby can actually vaguely “hear” the external sounds. Even still, you must understand that it is cacophony inside your body for the baby, what with the gushing amniotic fluids and the natural sounds your body is making. But she can still hear some voices, tunes and noises, which will eventually help her get used to the environment she’ll enter at birth. So playing music for baby in the womb is definitely a good idea!

The louder a sound, of course, the more likely your baby can hear it. The sounds your baby gets used to, when she’s in utero will be less likely to scare her after she’s born (think pressure cooker!)

Mommy’s voice is the clearest

When you’re pregnant, the clearest noise your baby will be able to make out is yours. How awesome is that?! When you talk or sing, your voice reverberates as a sound through your bones and the vibrates through rest of your body, which actually amplifies it. Studies have shown that your baby’s heart rate actually increases when he hears his mother’s voice, which indicates that your baby becomes more alert when you speak. So there is more method than madness when Mommy starts reading out loud, talking to baby and even singing songs will help him recognize and identify your voice.

But don’t despair, Dad — babies also learn to recognize other voices (including yours!) and repeated sounds that they hear often. Researchers have discovered that newborns have a different reaction sounds, words or music that were repeated often enough during the pregnancy than those that were never heard before.

Noise does have the remote possibility to cause some developmental damage or hearing loss in a growing baby when it’s extremely loud, prolonged and repeated. So, maybe the rock concerts can wait.

Playing pregnancy music for Baby Beethoven!

You might have heard that playing classical music (like Beethoven) to your baby can improve his or her IQ or give her a foundation for a better education — but there’s no actual evidence that this is the case. That said, there’s also no harm in putting on your favourite tunes - your baby might just learn to love the music.