Do you have an uppity fetus? Try some classical music.

You’re pregnant. Along with the fatigue, the backache, the hormonal issues, the weight gain and everything else that comes with this blessed experience, the little person inside you–who is already taking everything you have–is trying to kick a hole in his/her house i.e. you. What can you do?

First, you might want to modify the sort of music your soon-to-be son/daughter is being exposed to in the womb.

Researchers at Institut Marquès examined the mouth and tongue movements over more than 300 fetuses who were between 18 and 38 weeks along. During the second and third trimester, it’s apparently unusually to observe these sorts of movements without some kind of stimulis–like, say, music.

The scientists bombed these pregnant moms with 15 different types of music from three different genres (pop/rock, traditional and classical) to see if they could elicit any of these movements.

The greatest effect came with classical music with 84% of the fetuses doing…something in response. That was followed by traditional tunes (79%) and then the broad pop/rock category (59%).

I’m suspicious, though. Did researchers choose the right five songs? For the record, they went with Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” (which, by the way, did quite well stimulating mouth and tongue movement), “YMCA” from the Village People (which did almost as well as Queen), the Bee Gees’ “Too Much Heaven,” Adele’s “Someone Like You” and “Waka Waka” from Shakira.

What about metal? Punk? Goth? That would get the little buggers moving.

But back to the study: Why classical music? No one knows. Doctors weren’t willing to draw any conclusions other than it may have to do with the fact that classical music deals with a lot of vocal-less melodies.

More at The Daily Mail.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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