Tampon Shaped Speakers Help Unborn Babies Listen To Music
I've heard of pregnant women putting headphones to their tummy to let their baby listen to music while still in the womb, but this is...uhhh, different.
BabyPod is a silicone, hypoallergenic FDA-approved device that, according to studies, helps babies vocalize. Moms-to-be can start using BabyPod at 16 weeks of pregnancy. BabyPod will run you $150.
'BabyPod is safe and it should only be avoided in high-risk pregnancies, or if the patient has contractions, a dilated cervix, or any kind of vaginal or urine infection,' said Dr. Leonardo Marques, a gynecologist and leader of Institut Marques.
Here's what determined after testing hundreds of pregnant women, from WAFB via Institut Marques:
- Music applied vaginally (using Babypod) generates a response consisting of mouth and tongue movements by the fetus. These are vocalization movements similar to those made by young babies to emit sounds when learning to talk.
- Music applied abdominally does not generate any response in babies, so presumably they do not hear it.
- Vaginal vibration generates no response; the noise does not generate a reaction from the baby.
- 87% of babies apparently responded.
Well, call me Jon Snow...