In the early 1990's a huge craze swept the country called the "Mozart Effect." This was the theory that listening to classical music when pregnant would increase your baby's intelligence. While further studies were unable to prove the theory, I decided to give the "Mozart Effect" a shot.
I began listening to classical music throughout my pregnancy on a regular basis. Why classical you may wonder. Well, classical music is made up of complex note and chord combinations that activate different parts of the brain at the same time. I know this as I started taking classical piano lessons at six years old and went on to study music performance/theory in college.
Even though science may not prove that classical music makes a difference in a child's development, my own personal background as a pianist has led me to believe that music benefits the mind and soul. So, I put my headphones on my belly and turned the volume up on my classical piano Pandora station. What I found, my growing baby girl LOVED the music. Every time I played songs composed by the greats such as Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin my baby would start moving like crazy. It was amazing to watch my stomach rolling around as my little girl seemingly danced to the beat.
Listening to music may or may not turn my child into a brainiac, I guess only time will tell. However, I won't be surprised when my daughter gets older and I see her jamming out to whatever song comes on the radio. I'm so happy I gave the "Mozart Effect" a shot and would recommend all pregnant women to listen to some type of music. The long term benefits may be unknown, but I can see the music brings my baby joy, and as a mom that's the best feeling in the world.