Pregnancy is such an important and life-changing part of any woman’s life. Especially if you are a singer. What many people may not know is that pregnancy does affect the voice. Here is how pregnancy affects your singing voice. Knowing how pregnancy affects your voice will help you know what to do to protect it.
A common symptom during pregnancy is swelling. Many different parts of your body will swell. This is due to the increase in water retention to support the needs of the growing baby. A part of the body they may swell is the vocal cords. Unfortunately, swollen vocal cords can become heavy, stiff, and harder to move. As a result, the singing range of a pregnant woman may change. This can make it more difficult to reach higher notes. This may tempt a woman to push their voices harder to reach those notes. However, this should be avoided. Pushing your voice during pregnancy can cause vocal strain or even vocal damage. To avoid this, you should take it easy on your voice and wait until after pregnancy to work on your vocal range.
As your baby grows, it begins to take up more room in your stomach. As a result, the diaphragm and other organs can get pushed up into the chest. This can make it difficult to breathe deeply for singing. Without being able to breathe properly, you may find yourself running out of breath more easily when singing. Try to take it easy when you start to feel out of breath. Not only that, but pregnancy may also reduce your ability to breathe through your nose, changing the sound of your voice.
During pregnancy, blood vessels can become more fragile due to dilation. As a result, you may become more susceptible to things like varicose veins and hemorrhoids. This can also affect the blood vessels in your vocal cords. Pushing your voice too hard during pregnancy can result in hemorrhaging in the vocal cords.
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One of the most common symptoms of pregnancy is acid reflux. This symptom usually occurs during the second or third trimester and can be a real pain. It occurs when the acidic juices in your stomach make their way back up in the esophagus. The esophagus is a tube between your stomach and your mouth. When acid reflux occurs, it can cause laryngeal irritation and change your voice, leave you with the need to constantly clear your voice, and heartburn.
When you know how pregnancy affects your singing voice, you will be better prepared to avoid vocal damage. Do not forget to also check out our Clear Voice Vocal Spray that has been formulated to protect your voice and keep it clear during performances.