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July 23, 2018

Say "AHHHHH." Does it sound different? If you are pregnant and notice a change in your voice, don’t worry— it’s normal!

Does EVERYTHING have to change during pregnancy?! It feels that way sometimes. Many women notice a lowering of their voices in the third trimester, and are unable to hit those Mariah Carey high notes yet find an easier time hitting low notes (not as low as Barry White hopefully). There are several biological reasons for this.




  1. Hormones - Yes, another example of pregnancy and hormones, blah blah blah. But it’s true. Increased progesterone and estrogen affect the vocal cords.
  2. Swelling of the vocal cords - Also called “edema” because everything swells when you are pregnant. The swelling can also be in part due to extra fluid in the body. With an additional fifty percent of blood volume and up to six pounds of extra fluid, some of that will concentrate near the vocal cords. (Oh, and your nose may swell too, also affecting the sound of your voice.)
  3. Decreased lung capacity - As the fetus grows, the womb is pressed against the mother’s diaphragm resulting in decreased lung capacity. Late-term pregnancy also shifts posture which may interfere with the ability to sing.

The good news is that these vocal changes are temporary, but may last up to a year. Singer Adele reportedly wrote her 2012 Bond theme “Skyfall” while pregnant and has not always able to perform the song live since giving birth. Perhaps pregnancy can be a perfect excuse for not being able to sing as well as Adele!


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Ways Your Body May Change By Stopping the Pill (06/21/2018)
Tips for Gardening During Pregnancy (06/05/2018)
Funding of Study for Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer Announced by Yale (05/21/2018)

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