• Ana Correia de Oliveira General Medicine and Family of USF São João do Porto
  • Rosário Mendonça e Moura General Medicine and Family of USF São João do Porto
  • Isabel Carvalho General Medicine and Family of USF Renascer
  • Maria João Peixoto General Medicine and Family of USF Espaço Saúde



music, pregnancy, child, neurodevelopment


Introduction: Musicembriology is music listening during pregnancy, in order to improve maternal-fetal relationship and child neurodevelopment. However, their relationship is not well established, so it remains a controversial issue.

Objective: Review of the available evidence on the impact of music listening during pregnancy on children’s neurodevelopment.

Methods: Meta-analysis research, systematic reviews, randomized controlled trials, and standards of clinical orientation, in English and Portuguese languages, published between 01/2004 and 04/2014, on the basis Pubmed / Medline, medical sites based on evidence and Portuguese Index of Medical Journal, using the MeSH terms: music; pregnancy; child; neurodevelopment. For the assessment of levels of evidence (NE) and award recommendation forces (FR) scale SORT was used (Strength of Recommendation Taxonomy) of the American Family Physician.

Results: Eleven articles were found, four of which were selected: three randomized controlled trials and one systematic review. A randomized controlled trial (NE 1) showed significant improvement in neonatal behavior in children whose mothers listened to music during pregnancy. A randomized controlled trial (NE 2) showed an improvement of maternal-fetal relationship with musicoembriology. Another randomized controlled trial (NE3) and a systematic review (B FR) showed that the intrauterine environment is important in the neonatal brain development, especially the development of the motor and sensorineural cerebral cortex.

Conclusion: The available evidence showed that music listening during the embryonic period shows benefit in children’s neurodevelopment. (FR B) However, those obtained studies are few in number and have great heterogeneity in methodological terms. Further studies are needed with controlled populations and similar methodology for the overall recommendation of this measure


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de Oliveira AC, e Moura RM, Carvalho I, Peixoto MJ. MUSICEMBRIOLOGY IN CHILDREN EURODEVELOPMENT: A REVIEW. REVNEC [Internet]. 2016Sep.30 [cited 2024Jul.18];25(3):159-62. Available from:



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