Lullabies have been used for centuries to calm babies. Find out how music during pregnancy can help your little one.
24 May 2016| Last updated on 19 February 2018
Basic studies demonstrated that fetuses can appreciate music, which is an arrangement of pitches to form a melody. Infants of mothers who have listened to music in the antenatal period scored significantly higher in behavioral assessment including habituation, orientation, range of state, regulation of state, and autonomic stability than infants of mothers who did not.
As for the effect of music exposure on the mother antenatally, several studies have shown a positive effect on maternal stress, especially during ultrasound sessions or during IVF embryo transfer procedures. Also, postnatally, some studies revealed music therapy led to lower pain scores and postoperative opiod use. In conclusion, as demonstrated by multiple studies, music can play a substantial role in pregnancy, whether on the fetus through improving learning abilities and strengthening the bonding relationship with the mother, or on the mother through reducing antenatal stress, and intrapartum and postpartum pain.