Monday, December 24, 2012

MUSIC THERAPY DURING PREGNANCY


Pregnancy is the most beautiful phase of a woman in her whole lifetime. But during this time, mothers-to-be experience hormonal changes that generate an increase in the sensitivity of all their senses: all their feelings are exposed. The emotional side is extremely sensitive and they can usually pass from tears to irritability very easily. This makes us understand why some women can reject certain odors more than others do or why they suffer from food aversion.

Listening to relaxing pregnancy music is a natural, safe, effective and the best way to really relax and de-stress both yourself and your unborn baby. A few minutes a day spent listening to soothing music can definitely make a pregnant mother feel much more tranquil and calm.

Choosing music that makes you feel happy, relaxed & calm and reduces stress will no doubt improve your pregnancy experience. This is a special time in your life and even though you are probably very busy with everyday life, enjoy this special time and make the effort to baby yourself as well as the baby growing inside of your womb. You want the best for your unborn baby and it’s quite possible playing music in pregnancy can help you do just that!
                                                                             
Which type of music is beneficial for the baby?
Being mindful of her music choices, the mother-to-be will want to choose music in pregnancy that is soothing and relaxing. Easy-listening, classical, religious or soft instrumental music, holy chants, lullabies, crystal sounds, etc. are all good choices. Even nature sounds or recordings of mom’s soothing voice are great for the baby. Anything that is calming and reduces feelings of stress or anxiety is beneficial.

Listening to music with a tempo of around 60 bpm (beats per minute) is the most beneficial as this is the optimum rate for a resting heart. You will find that your breathing slows down in time to the music and your heart rate will follow.

Can baby hear in the womb?
Many people believe that baby can’t hear anything when he is in the womb. But this isn't true. By the 5th month of pregnancy the baby’s ears are fully developed. As sound travels through mom’s amniotic fluid, he can hear the music. But what about prior to your baby’s ears being developed – well, the baby can still “feel” sound and music through vibrations. So, music in pregnancy can still be communicated to your baby prior to your fifth month of pregnancy.

Effects of Music Therapy on to-be mothers during pregnancy:

•           Enjoy a deeper connection with the unborn baby.
•           Reduce anxiety level.
•           Stimulate the fetus and be able to transmit a pleasant state feeling to it.
•           Discover intrauterine bond earlier so that it can be enjoyed.
•           Prepare women for labor and delivery with different psycho-musical techniques.
•           Achieve a more relaxed labor.
•           Achieve self-control of pain.
•           Be conscious about physical sensations.
•           Contribute to reduce prenatal stress.

Effects of Music therapy on baby during pregnancy:       


The fetus will be developing a relationship with melodies that it will recognize inside the womb and that will stimulate its neurological system. The baby’s active movements of limbs provoked by the music will allow him to have greater oxygen intake, thanks to the increase in the fluid exchange, also allowing the mother to connect more deeply with her baby’s physical sensations while he is relaxed.

Research studies on Music therapy during pregnancy:
Many studies have proven that the unborn child benefits from the healing power of music for pregnancy - if you feel calm, happy and relaxed this feeling will pass on to your baby. After birth the baby will remember and be soothed by music that it heard during its time in the womb.

A baby in the womb feels the effects of maternal stress from as early as 17 weeks and tests now show that high levels of stress in pregnancy can in some rare cases be detrimental to the health of the baby. It is therefore important to remain as stress free as possible during pregnancy, and using relaxation music is a great way of doing this.


Thus, with music therapy the unborn baby absorbs and engraves the information its mother is transmitting to its surrounding environment and if it does not only receive information, but also human affection, we will then be nurturing the baby as well as the future humankind.


(P.S: As every human being is different according to Ayurveda, all have different cures. So, kindly consult us or an Ayurveda doctor before taking any herbal medicines.)

This post is written by Dr.Jaina Patwa who is a Chief Ayurvedic practitioner based at Vile Parle, Mumbai, India. She is available as an online Ayurvedic Consultant on Skype. Skype ID - vishwacare

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