Monday, December 29th, 2014
It can be a dicey road to the wonderful, comfy and cute second trimester. Early pregnancy can take you through rough emotional terrain, especially if you’ve experienced a loss before. Thank goodness for my playlist. Music has always been my seat belt on this rollercoaster. Something about a pep talk in melody strengthens my resolve and gives me peace of mind. After suffering so many early pregnancy losses, I don’t know where, much less who, I would be without music. So, for the first few weeks of a pregnancy that feels like the Olympics of mental grit, I invite you to put this early pregnancy playlist on repeat…
Weeks 4 – 6 : For the maddening am-I-still-pregnant stage when you’re not sure if the pregnancy will stick, stay positive and hopeful with a double dose of diva voices backed by an irresistible Disney theme.
Play: “When You Believe” by Whitney Houston & Mariah Carey
Weeks 6 – 8: My anxiety level peaks before an ultrasound appointment, especially the initial fetal heart rate check. Visualizing my baby’s tiny ticker drumming along to this rockin’ tune makes me smile.
Play: “We Got The Beat” by The Go-Go’s
Weeks 8 -10: When you’re in the throes of morning (or, all-day) sickness, it’s tough to not lose perspective. But look no further than this playlist pick’s lyrics: “If there’s a cure for this, I don’t want it.”
Play: “Love Hangover” by Diana Ross
Weeks 10 – 12: You’ve got the confirmation from your doctor or midwife, and now you’re on your way. Time to stop and smell the roses (if doing so doesn’t make you queasy).
Play: “Love Is Alive” by The Judds or “Sarah’s Song” by Sissel
Weeks 12 – 14: Congratulations on reaching the end of your first trimester! At this milestone, moms-to-be choose to celebrate with a pregnancy announcement. Whether your road to motherhood was long or sudden, there’s an announcement playlist for you.
Play: “Finally” by CeCe Peniston; “Love on Top” by Beyonce; or “I Just Haven’t Met You Yet” by Michael Buble
Debbie Rigaud is an author of Young Adult fiction. She and her husband welcomed a baby girl in early 2014, and life as they knew it has (thankfully) never been the same. Follow her on Twitter @debbierigaud
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Thursday, March 13th, 2014
I’ve heard playing music for plants can actually help plants grow to be taller and stronger, thanks to the mild vibrations the music emits. But could the same technique help to fertilize eggs during IVF? A new study suggests yes.
This far-out idea could potentially help the 7.3 million infertile couples in the U.S. as well as millions of others struggling to have children around the world. While infertility affects one in 8 couples in America, one in four couples are plagued by it in developing countries. That is a lot of people who want desperately to have kids, but can’t.
This promise of new hope is music to their ears. At the Institut Marques fertility clinic in Barcelona, Spain, researchers studied whether playing music in IVF labs would boost the odds of fertilization by injecting sperm in almost 1,000 eggs and putting them in dishes in incubators.
Then they divided the incubators in half. Five hundred received no music, while the other 500 had speakers placed in them, where everything from pop tunes by Michael Jackson and Madonna to rock songs by Nirvana and Metallica to classical works by Mozart and Vivaldi were played 24/7.
Not all of the eggs were fertilized, but fertilization rates were 5 percent higher in incubators with music (there seemed to be no difference in success rates based on type of music played). The theory is that musical vibrations could mimic what occurs naturally during conception, where the fertilized egg is rocked as it rolls down the fallopian tube, and then receives gentle contractions in the womb. As bizarre as it sounds, according to The Daily Mail, “Music is thought to ease the passage of nutrients into the egg and speed the removal of toxic waste, so increasing the odds of fertilization taking place and the fledgling embryo surviving.”
Though it is too early to say whether the technique makes a significant difference in the odds of giving birth, couples in 17 countries have become parents thanks to the unorthodox technique. So just as music can help a couple get in the mood for baby-making, it seems it has the same effect on your eggs—even if they’re in a petri dish.
TELL US: Do you think music really can make a difference in conception? If so, what tunes would you want on your eggs’ IVF playlist?
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