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What is Relaxin and how does it help us?
Understanding an important hormone in pregnancy
By: Alicia Richards
However, one, often maligned, hormone is very specifically important to the health of the pregnant woman. It is relaxin. Relaxin is a hormone produced during pregnancy that allows the birth process by increasing collagen breakdown which in turn causes a softening and lengthening of the cervix and the pubic symphysis . It allows the baby to pass through the birth canal. This is a good thing for a pregnant woman.
Relaxin is a hormone that is always present in the female body, however during pregnancy, the hormone relaxin is present in 10 times its normal concentration. Unfortunately, relaxin also causes abnormal motion in many other joints of the body, causing inflammation and pain. Some people are more affected by relaxin than others for reasons we don't entirely understand. Those who experience significant pain due to loosening joints can get relief with the practices listed here.
Upon delivery the raging hormones gradually go back into hibernation and loosey-goosey joints tighten up again. Relaxin has allowed the human body to do something that seems impossible. (Birthing a baby.) So let's hear it for relaxin. It gets a bad rap, but is your best friend come delivery day!
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Dr. Jason B. Richards is regarded as an expert in the treatment of the pains of pregnancy. He has a practice specializing in treatment of back pain, sciatica, and pelvic pain in pregnant women. His practice is Keystone Chiropractic in North Haven, CT.
He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic and has advanced training in neurology, pediatrics, and pregnancy.
Dr. Richards is in great demand as a speaker. He regularly speaks to groups of pregnant women to encourage them to have healthy and active pregnancies. He believes that pregnancy does not sentence a woman to 9 months of pain.