Talking to your baby and even singing are some of the ways expectant parents communicate with their babies while they are still in the womb. The new tampon-shaped speaker Babypod kicks that early introduction to music up a notch.

The Babypod is a tiny speaker that is inserted the same way you use a tampon. The speaker has an audio cord which can be connected into a smartphone or other music enabled device. Then all you have to do is queue up that playlist and let the party begin.

The makers of Babypod cited their own research into the benefits of music exposure in the womb. The device is intended for use up to 20 minutes per day after the 16th week of pregnancy. The company explained that the device was found safe to use in clinical trials of over 1,000 patients.  “The intensity of the sound that Babypod emits is similar to a conversation in low tone and has a control system so that it does not exceed this level, which can not damage the fetal ear,” the company said in an email to INSIDER.

While Babypod is FDA approved it’s always important to check with your health care provider before using any type of new device that can come in close contact with the womb and your baby.

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“We don’t know if there is a sound or decibel level too high for a fetus. Maybe there’s a reason our bodies don’t come equipped with vaginal speakers,” Dr. Donnica Moore, a gynecologist, told INSIDER. “Anything that you may want to insert in your vagina during pregnancy should be cleared by your doctor first.”

—Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: Suhyeon Choi via Unsplash

 

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