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Rock On: The Health Benefits Of Listening To Your Favorite Music

You’ve likely heard that listening to classical music will make you, and your baby, smarter or that enjoying a bit of smooth jazz will calm your mood. But the truth is, it truly doesn’t matter what type of music you enjoy listening to. Simply listening to your favorite kind of music and allowing yourself to get into the beat of it has a variety of health benefits. So whether you enjoy rock n' roll, R&B, pop, country or metal, turn it up and enjoy not only the music you love but also the health benefits it has to offer.

Healthy For A Fetus' Development

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One of the most well-known benefits of music is its effect on unborn babies. So if you’re carrying a child, definitely put some music on any time you can. While the auditory system is not developed until twenty-five weeks and its response is not recognizable until twenty-eight weeks, music even before that can help calm the mother, reduce heart rate, soothe both the mother and fetus and is altogether healthy for a fetus' neurological development. BellyBuds can be purchased to safely play music right to the womb.

More specifically, though, music has been found to benefit babies in numerous ways. Research indicates that newborns whose parents regularly exposed them to music in utero have better motor and cognitive skills, develop language faster, have longer attention spans, sleep better, and exhibit symptoms of colic less frequently. These benefits were found both from playing music as well as singing to the fetus.

Keep reading to find out how your favorite music can get you out of a funk.

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