You can start by putting on the radio. By the 20th week of gestation, your baby develops the hearing ability and can hear sounds other than your voice. Play some relaxing music that will sooth you as well as your baby.
You can use headphones. By resting headphones against your belly you can make your baby listen to the sound of music. You do not have to raise the volume though as loud music may irritate your baby.
You can sing yourself. A baby loves the sound of the mother. If you can play an instrument, then nothing can be better than that. Sing your favourite songs while playing the instrument. Who knows, your baby may too imbibe the same skills and follow your footsteps in the future!
Various experiments have shown that classical music is soothing for your baby’s ears. On the other hand, heavy metal or rock music is not soothing either for the baby or the mother. It will not have any positive impact on the baby. The uneven random beats and sudden shifts in volume may startle your baby inside the foetus. Religious music and mantras impart positivity and have positive vibrations that are good for your baby.
But that does not mean that you have to always listen to very slow music. Choose a variety of tunes to play for your baby, such as pop, jazz, classical, etc. Expose the baby to different sounds, rhythms and tempos.
Limit the exposure to music for an hour or two every day. Do not overdo anything. Playing music for longer times can over stimulate the baby. Listening to chants, hymns and soft instrumental music before falling asleep have positive health benefits for you and are proven to have a positive impact on the overall development of your baby.
So, go ahead and indulge in some music therapy. As it is said, music is food for the soul.