The Secret Weapon for Your Hips During Labour

Let’s talk about a hormone called relaxin. What on earth is it, why is it so important, and how can it help your hips during labour?

Well, relaxin is a hormone secreted in the ovary by the corpus luteum. You do produce relaxin in your body before you are pregnant. However, when a woman is pregnant, the placenta will also release the hormone, as will the uterine lining so you have much more of it and in the third trimester, you have a lot of relaxin in your system!

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What does relaxin do?

It has so many functions and its a really important hormone for pregnancy and giving birth so here is a summary:

  1. Relaxin helps your veins relax so that they can hold an increased amount of blood. This is needed because, when you are pregnant, the volume of blood in your body increases by about 50% and you need all this blood to be stored

 

  1. It prepares the body for labour and delivery by loosening the muscles, ligaments, and joints of the pelvis. This will make delivering your baby easier as your pelvis is able to move and flex

 

  1. In fact, relaxin will help relax everything so that it's physiologically possible for your baby to be born but you need to be careful in your third trimester as it can be the reason why you are less steady on your feet

 

  1. Relaxin plays a big role in helping your hips to move and flex as your baby passes down the birth canal. In fact, during labour, Relaxin opens your hips by about 28% if we keep upright, forward and open! It’s important to remember that your hips aren’t just one structure - they’re made up of bones which are connected by tissue. Your pelvis is a support structure for the rest of your body so it needs to be kept stable. Because of this, it’s important to take extra care during pregnancy so you don’t over-flex or stretch your pelvis, which is easy to do when you have Relaxin in your system

 

  1. And during the last days of pregnancy, relaxin helps the cervix to soften and get ready for delivery.

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Had you heard of relaxin before reading this blog post? It’s something that can often slip through the net, but understanding what it is and how it helps you can be reassuring as you approach birth.

For more free guidance and support be sure to head over to Instagram or our YouTube Channel and don't forget that Members get access to more fascinating facts via the butterbean platform!

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The Secret Weapon for Your Hips During Labour

LucyWoodbridge170922-10

Let’s talk about a hormone called relaxin. What on earth is it, why is it so important, and how can it help your hips during labour?

Well, relaxin is a hormone secreted in the ovary by the corpus luteum. You do produce relaxin in your body before you are pregnant. However, when a woman is pregnant, the placenta will also release the hormone, as will the uterine lining so you have much more of it and in the third trimester, you have a lot of relaxin in your system!

pregnant_woman_practising_yoga

What does relaxin do?

It has so many functions and its a really important hormone for pregnancy and giving birth so here is a summary:

  1. Relaxin helps your veins relax so that they can hold an increased amount of blood. This is needed because, when you are pregnant, the volume of blood in your body increases by about 50% and you need all this blood to be stored

 

  1. It prepares the body for labour and delivery by loosening the muscles, ligaments, and joints of the pelvis. This will make delivering your baby easier as your pelvis is able to move and flex

 

  1. In fact, relaxin will help relax everything so that it's physiologically possible for your baby to be born but you need to be careful in your third trimester as it can be the reason why you are less steady on your feet

 

  1. Relaxin plays a big role in helping your hips to move and flex as your baby passes down the birth canal. In fact, during labour, Relaxin opens your hips by about 28% if we keep upright, forward and open! It’s important to remember that your hips aren’t just one structure - they’re made up of bones which are connected by tissue. Your pelvis is a support structure for the rest of your body so it needs to be kept stable. Because of this, it’s important to take extra care during pregnancy so you don’t over-flex or stretch your pelvis, which is easy to do when you have Relaxin in your system

 

  1. And during the last days of pregnancy, relaxin helps the cervix to soften and get ready for delivery.

woman_holding_her_baby_and_touching_her_csection_scar

Had you heard of relaxin before reading this blog post? It’s something that can often slip through the net, but understanding what it is and how it helps you can be reassuring as you approach birth.

For more free guidance and support be sure to head over to Instagram or our YouTube Channel and don't forget that Members get access to more fascinating facts via the butterbean platform!