Monday, August 27, 2012

Loss of Singing Voice After Pregnancy

Singing has been my lifelong hobby. I used to be able to sing easily in high pitch. Then I got pregnant. Severe acid reflux during pregnancy. My throat used to burn after every meal. I lost my singing voice during pregnancy. I was unable to sing completely. I can now talk in a low voice. People tell me that I sound like a man now - I used to have a sweet voice. I delivered my baby a few days ago. No more acid reflux. But still unable to sing or talk loudly. I really miss my singing voice and wish to correct this. What specialist do I see? Is there hope?

Melissa E. Kim M.S., CCC-SLP replies...

Chronic acid reflux affecting the larynx can contribute to any number of vocal fold conditions. Significant vocal fold swelling and inflammation as a result of acid reflux would be the most likely culprit for your lowered and restricted pitch... if this is the case, then symptoms should resolve with time and appropriate treatment. Unfortunately, however, there is no way to know if the answer is as simple as swelling - see an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician for an evaluation.

Best of luck to you.

1 comment:

  1. I Too Lost My Singing Voice!

    I copied the post below because I experienced a loss of my voice during pregnancy at 29 years of age. The only difference is I did not have acid reflux. I am now 57 and my voice never recovered. I can hit notes that are lower than most male bass singers but my high notes virtually disappeared and my middle notes are worthless, inaudible and I crack horribly when moving between my registers. I finally gave up singing and it still pains me greatly. I attended college on a vocal scholarship, had a beautiful voice and singing was effortless, something I didn't think about, I just opened my mouth and the sound came out but something went horribly wrong. Over the years I have tried many things to fix this problem, I have seen specialists, speech therapists, took endless voice lessons, nothing has helped. I recently sang in church for the first time in about 15 years and it was pitiful! At time it just infuriates me that I cannot sing so I keep trying and would gladly entertain any advice.

    Melissa Kim M.S., CCC-SLP replies...

    It certainly sounds as though you have seen all the appropriate specialists in this case, so I'm not sure what I can offer via Internet in terms of guessing as to cause of or solution for your vocal changes. What did the specialists that you've seen feel was the problem? What treatments did they recommend?

    SEE posting on Wednesday, October 10 for further comments.