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The Most Bizarre Pregnancy Gadget We’ve Ever Heard Of

If you've ever put on a pair of headphones to listen to music and got a sense that your vagina envied your ears, you're in for a real treat. Well, the bun in the oven via your vagina is about to be treated, that is.

"Because our offspring deserve to hear Motörhead and Drake records as clearly as we do," says online publication Consequence of Sound, why wouldn't there be an intravaginal speaker that allows fetuses to really rock out?

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It's no secret that music can move people. If you've ever heard a song and felt as if it'll change your life, you're hardly alone. (Then if you've completely forgotten about that song as soon as the next one starts up, you're also in good company). But, in fact, research out of the Institut Marquès confirms the multiple benefits of music on the human brain, including brains that are barely a few months out of the womb.

By placing a speaker inside the vagina, we overcome the barrier formed by the abdominal wall and the baby can hear sounds with almost as much intensity and clarity as when emitted.

"Stimulating babies through music in their first months of life has positive effects on brain development; if this is so, why not give your baby the benefits of music starting before birth?"

That's the question asked—and answered—by Babypod, the manufacturer of a new intravaginal speaker that seeks to cut through the uterine red tape and go directly to the source.

"By placing a speaker inside the vagina, we overcome the barrier formed by the abdominal wall and the baby can hear sounds with almost as much intensity and clarity as when emitted," the site claims.

So, it's not like a regular speaker. It's a cool speaker. So cool, in fact, that the Babypod folks discovered "babies are stimulated and respond by moving their mouths and tongues." So by using one of these, they're basically lip syncing.

While the jury is out on exactly when a fetus can start hearing (Babypod says 16 weeks, while other sources say not until 29 weeks or so), although most seem to agree that when they can hear, they definitely react to musical stimuli.

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Babypod says its key selling point is that while anyone can hold a headphone to a belly, that sound will come across as muffled, which is also how a mother's voice and heartbeat sound. By transmitting sound via the vagina, however, "sound is not dispersed in the environment. In addition, there are less soft tissue layers separating the baby from the sound target, only the vaginal and uterine walls. By placing a speaker inside the vagina, we overcome the barrier formed by the abdominal wall and the baby can hear sounds with almost as much intensity and clarity as when emitted."

Babypod hasn't yet recommended a playlist for the embryos in your life, although the product hit the market during the first-ever (known) (public) concert for fetuses. Cue a whole new set of parodies to Adele's "Hello."

Photograph by: Babypod

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