Prenatal singing is a therapy aimed for pregnant women and their future children. It is mainly taught through exercises based on singing, but also on body positions, pregnant massages and soft-sport exercises. This practice can contribute to a vibrant pregnancy for the woman, while bringing many benefits to the in-utero baby as well.
Why would one take Prenatal singing classes?
It’s essential to know that, of the five senses human beings have, the first developed is hearing. Indeed, the child, still in the belly, cannot see, smelling odors, talk, and touches only the wall surrounding them. In contrast, hearing may develop particularly well with a little attention. The singing of the mother to her child will create a new world around it. Many scientists have shown that, for example, rock music speeds up an in-utero baby’s’ cardio-rhythm, showing signs of nervousness, while, by contrast, classical music seems to sooth. Premature children also recover faster thanks to the voice link they have created with their mother.
Prenatal singing is equally important for both the mother and the baby, it helps creates a special relational link between the two. It helps relax them, making them work their breath, which creates oxygenating of the baby, as well as the mother, who will generally have less breathing capacity during pregnancy. Among the benefits brought to the unborn baby, are: better reactions face with stress; recognition of various sounds and their reproduction; stimulation of motricity (stimulation of connections between neurons); a good memory (the memory work begins to register in fetal cells).
Remember that you do not sing to become a singer, the child has no criterion of a voice’s beauty, this is coming from our society but for them it is just his mother’s (and father’s) voice and this is the very first contact between you and the baby. The father’s deep voice is also important. In fact, men are an octave below women and their deep voice, which is also calming, penetrates more easily through the uterine wall.
The father’s role during the childbirth will consist in helping the woman through breathing and bringing her in a kind of bubble where his voice will calm and reassure.
It is towards the end of the fourth month of pregnancy that the fetus’s outer ear formation usually ends, (the inner ear a little before), and it is therefore recommended to start practicing prenatal singing at this time. However, some women want to practice singing even before the baby can hear. Even if the sounds can’t be picked up through his ears, babies can perceive sound through vibrations. These vibrations cross the skeleton of the mother-to-be and are transmitted into the amniotic fluid that surrounds the baby. The mother's pelvis is like a soundboard, sounds and vibrations are transmitted to the baby better and louder than if we would simply put a CD on, because the sounds come from the inside.
Music enhances prenatal bonding. One of the most intimate and pleasurable events experienced by the baby in the womb is his mother’s singing. It is also one of the first dialogues exchanged between mother and child. Songs that communicate love, acceptance, and welcome are most reassuring to the baby. This is a two way process whereby the mother and child form a close attachment, developing trust, a feeling of safety and a sense of belonging. All other relationships will build on the quality of this first exchange. If we are nurtured lovingly with respect and consistency, then we will most likely treat others in the same manner.
The personality of the baby is being formed in utero.
The baby does not want to be in a constant stressful environment and cannot be in an environment where development and learning is a struggle. Though it is hard to keep a fetus in a completely stress-free environment, a baby can be pacified in the womb by music, and in some cases the stages of labor were even prolonged by soothing music therapy.
The baby in the uterus hears the voice of his mother, he rekindles with it after birth and it is his best milestone. The skin of the foetus perceives vibrations long before his auditory system is developed. Without knowing it, the mother and the father produce, with their voice, a sound envelope that will undoubtedly leave a sensorial print on their child.
Not only the vibrations of our voice reach the baby, the affective climate does too. The mother varies the pitch, intensity and tone of her voice whether she talks to her child or not, and depending on her mood and spirits. Her spoken voice is like a song charged with affectionate messages. The vibrations of her singing voice are even more palpable and are perceived like nice micro-massages by both the mother and the child. The songs suggested in pre-natal singing workshops, whether they are soft or energetic, often thematic, offer moments of significant sharing and nourish the baby’s emotional life.
Stimulation through rhythm and resonance
Rhythm is part of the life of the foetus. Very early, he is stimulated by various beats. Your heartbeat, emotions, physical activity and tonus are all impacting on the baby’s heartbeat. The rocking motion, front-back or sideways, suggested during prenatal signing classes triggers an impulsion in the body that acts on the brain. The woman who swings and sings does not realize that such a simple movement can have an effect on many levels such as balance, memory, coordination and the baby’s well-being.
If the mother combines good posture and wide, deep and regular breathing, she gives her child more space and allows him to be more comfortable to grow in the uterus. The swing felt during the songs invites the baby to take his place in the middle of the pelvis. Furthermore, for the mother who regularly practices prenatal singing and who trains with low pitch sounds that diffuses in the pelvis, the relaxation of the tissues will benefit the positioning of the child. Very few cases of breeched baby happened to our regular participants.
At birth, we are not surprised to see that the baby feels the need to find his beat and the voice of his mother when he is laying on her. When he hears her heartbeat and her voice again, he feels secured by the movement and vibration.
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Dr Unnati Chavda
(Promoting pregnancy wellness)