Naturally, there is variation among women in terms of how severe these symptoms are. They are exacerbated by carrying the baby high and gaining excess weight, minimized by carrying the baby low and maintaining a lower weight.
At the beginning of this column, I alluded to hormonal changes, which continue during pregnancy and through the period of lactation. The voice may become somewhat limited in range, unwieldy, and lacking some brilliance. This is normally not a time to extend your range or learn new challenging repertoire. Nonetheless, there is no reason to stop singing, always remaining within the limits of comfort and reason. Remember, a delayed or cancelled audition is just that, but a healthy child is a life-long joy.
Anthony Jahn, M.D., noted author and professor of clinical otolaryngology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, has offices in New York and New Jersey. Contact Dr. Jahn: Jahn@classicalsinger.net,
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