While some pregnant women take the edge off by indulging their craving for crazy food combinations, research has discovered that music can also soothe mothers-to-be.

In a study conducted by the College of Nursing at Kaohsuing Medical University, consisting of 236 pregnant women in Taiwan, participants listened to music for 30 minutes per day for two weeks. Results show that the daily dose of music significantly reduced the stress, anxiety and depression levels in the expectant mothers.

Study author Chung-Hey Chen, MD, believes the musical intervention “provides a simple, cost-effective and non-invasive way” to help pregnant women cope with this stressful period.

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