This Is How Much They Hear You – The Benefits About You Talk To Your Unborn Baby
Is it possible to alter the development of a child’s ʙʀᴀɪɴ by modifying the intensity of sound that reaches the child through their mother’s belly or by changing the type of music the mother listens to during her pregnancy?Babies are able to listen to sounds that pass through their mother’s belly while they are in ᴜᴛᴇʀᴏ. Not only is a Fᴇᴛᴜs able to hear sounds from the outside world, but also make note of what they heard and understand them just like a baby that has already been born. Ʀᴇsᴇᴀʀᴄʜ proves that babies are able to retain the memories of particular sounds that they heard while in ᴜᴛᴇʀᴏ.
A group of ʀᴇsᴇᴀʀᴄʜᴇʀs from the University of Helsinki in Finland, recently carried out a sᴛᴜᴅʏ that has opened a whole new world of scientific possibilities. Tʜᴇ sᴛᴜᴅʏ ᴡᴀs ᴄᴀʀʀɪᴇᴅ out on a group of mothers that were ᴇxᴘᴏsᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ᴄᴇʀᴛᴀɪɴ sᴏᴜɴᴅs while they were pregnant. Once they had given birth to their little ones, they were recalled to the facility where they were made to listen to the same sounds only this time with their children by their side rather than inside their bellies. The results sʜᴏᴄᴋᴇᴅ the ʀᴇsᴇᴀʀᴄʜᴇʀs as the children’s minds ʀᴇᴀᴄᴛᴇᴅ to the same sounds while they were inside their mother’s belly. If we know better how language develops very early, we may one day be able to develop ɪɴᴛᴇʀᴠᴇɴᴛɪᴏɴs for babies with ᴀʙɴᴏʀᴍᴀʟ development”, said the lead author of the ʀᴇsᴇᴀʀᴄʜ paper published by the University of Helsinki. Ʀᴇsᴇᴀʀᴄʜᴇʀs played certain sounds such as ‘tatata’ or ‘tatota’ in several ways using various pitches from the 29th week of the mother’s pregnancy up until the baby was born. When these babies were brought back to listen to the same sounds that were played to them while they were in ᴜᴛᴇʀᴏ, the waves ɢᴇɴᴇʀᴀᴛᴇᴅ ʙʏ ᴛʜᴇsᴇ sᴏᴜɴᴅs ᴄᴀᴜsᴇᴅ ᴀ sᴛʀᴏɴɢ ʀᴇᴀᴄᴛɪᴏɴ ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇɪʀ ʙʀᴀɪɴs ᴀs ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴀʀᴇᴅ to other babies who had not been exposed to such sounds while in ᴜᴛᴇʀᴏ. Although this is a single sᴛᴜᴅʏ conducted on a very small group of mothers, it goes without saying that babies are able to comprehend the sounds they hear through their mother’s belly while in ᴜᴛᴇʀᴏ.
This raises several questions such as: Is it possible to start developing a child’s language while it is still inside it’s mother’s womb? Does hearing certain sounds have a ᴘᴏsɪᴛɪᴠᴇ or ɴᴇɢᴀᴛɪᴠᴇ ᴇFFᴇᴄᴛ on the development of a child’s ʙʀᴀɪɴ? Can ᴍᴇɴᴛᴀʟ ɪʟʟɴᴇssᴇs sᴜᴄʜ ᴀs sᴄʜɪᴢᴏᴘʜʀᴇɴɪᴀ ʙᴇ ᴀᴠᴏɪᴅᴇᴅ by exposing the Fᴇᴛᴜs to certain sounds? Sᴇᴠᴇʀᴀʟ sᴛᴜᴅɪᴇs have already been carried out using sound waves on the development of plants: two seeds from the same parent plant are kept in different rooms and given access to the same amount of sunlight, water, air and soil type. The only difference is that music is played for an hour everyday to one plant and not to the other. Dr. TC Singh, ʜᴇᴀᴅ ᴏF ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴏᴛᴀɴʏ ᴅᴇᴘᴀʀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛ ᴀᴛ Iɴᴅɪᴀ’s Annamalai University, ᴄᴀʀʀɪᴇᴅ ᴏᴜᴛ ᴀ sɪᴍɪʟᴀʀ ᴇxᴘᴇʀɪᴍᴇɴᴛ ᴏɴ sᴇᴠᴇʀᴀʟ plants in the year 1962. He found that “balsam plants grew at a rate that accelerated by 20% in height and 72% in biomass when exposed to music.”
If music can have a ᴘᴏsɪᴛɪᴠᴇ growth on plants that cannot even hear sounds but simply feel the vibrations created by the waves, we can only imagine the impact that sounds can have on the development on a child’s ʙʀᴀɪɴ.