Listening to music is one of my favorite activities to do. Whether it’s a good day or even a bad one, music has to ability to relax even the most stressful of moments.
Because pregnancy has been very difficult for me, I love using music as a tool to not only de-stress but as a way to bond with my unborn baby. The morning sickness, leg pill-fitting fitting clothing, can often lead to me focusing on all of the negative aspects of being pregnant. Let’s be honest, it’s hard. But being able to sit and hone in on my baby, while listening to some amazing tunes, are a great way to help me focus on what’s important during my pregnancy.
During pregnancy, listening to music has the perfect soothing and uplifting effect on your mood. I get so many positive vibes, that I find that it is the perfect opportunity for me to sit and chit chat with my unborn baby. I have experienced severe anxiety issues during pregnancy, however, music lowers the stress levels which can help reduce any stress that the baby may feel in utero.
Positive Effects Music Can Have on Your Unborn Baby
Music can have many positive effects on your unborn baby. Their auditory senses and skills will be enhanced, and it also aids in mental stimulation as your baby tries to concentrate on sounds. We know that they don’t understand music, but the vibrations and waves will still reach him/her.
These same vibrations and waves will also help develop your baby’s reflexes.
What Kind of Music Should I Listen Too?
You can listen to whatever your heart desires! Soft/Classical music is great since it allows me to really be in the moment and I can focus on the baby. Plus I can really form the emotional connection I am seeking with my baby which is my main goal.
The Lullaby Project
As I previously mentioned I chose soft music to bond with my baby during this time. Lullabies are a great choice since I have younger children at home and it is still something they actively listen too already. They are the perfect way to allow my older children to bond with their new baby, and it brings us all closer together. Lullabies are a simple expression of the universal human condition.
Currently, we are really enjoying The Lullaby Project. Just in time for Mother’s Day, original songs written by NYC moms are being celebrated with a new album, Hopes & Dreams: The Lullaby Project, featuring celebrity singers from the worlds of pop music, jazz, folk, opera, Latin music and more.
What makes this project even more special is that each song was written by a mother for their child. Plus all proceeds from the sale of the album to support and sustain the Lullaby Project and other education and social impact programs of Carnegie Hall and Carnegie Hall’s nonprofit charitable mission.
This project features works from artists like include Fiona Apple, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Natalie Merchant, Janice Freeman, and Dianne Reeves. One of my favorites comes from Janice Freeman, a former contestant on The Voice.
Writing Your Own Lullaby
Check out this video from Carnegie Hall, as they provide great tips on writing your own lullaby!
Love of impromptu dance parties, 80’s cartoons, and horizontal life pauses (aka naps); Natasha Brown is a stay at home mom of 4 kids, and wife to one lucky guy! In her spare time, she is co-editor of Grits & Grace, as well as editor for The Mother Hustler Blog and Creative Director for the Mother Hustler podcast.