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Pregnancy and Postpartum: A Guide for Singers

Abstract The trained singer utilizes an awareness of her body as an instrument. When she becomes pregnant, her body changes in numerous ways to support the pregnancy. Many of these changes have great impact on her ability to sing during the pregnancy and postpartum periods. The voice may be altered positively or negatively by the release of hormones. The body undergoes many changes that affect the posture and breathing required for singing. Most notably, the abdominal muscles are greatly impacted by the pregnancy. They are stretched by the growing uterus, and this affects their function. In addition, the linea alba (the connective tissue between the halves of the rectus abdominis) is softened by hormonal increases and subject to stretching as the ut... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Will, Andrea Pitman (Author) / Doan, Jerry (Advisor) / Elgar Kopta, Anne (Advisor) / Dreyfoos, Dale (Committee member) / Mills, Robert (Committee member) / Oldani, Robert W (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Music / postpartum / pregnancy / singer / voice
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 95 pages
Language English
Reuse Permissions All Rights Reserved
Note D.M.A. Music 2013
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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