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Postby shankell » Tue Oct 20, 2009 8:22 pm

I'm trying to figure out what's going on with my connective tissue. Any help is welcome including naming the type of professional that would be able give specific advice!

First it's a seemingly minor issue - it doesn't have a major impact on day-to-day activities.

The main symptoms are diastasis recti, which is stretching of the linea alba (I think) due to pregnancy; clicking knees when climbing stairs that sound awful but aren't painful at all; slight hypermobility of joints.

There are not skin issues - no easy bruising, skin is elastic, minimal stretch marks in pregnancy.

My guess right now is that it's some sort of issue with not enough collagen or something with the elastin that makes my tendons/ligaments stretch out but not spring back well.

Any leads?
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Postby kolean » Wed Oct 21, 2009 3:39 pm

I am guessing that you are pregnant? And well into it if the hormone Relaxin has taken over. It works to make your connective tissue (especially ligaments and tendons) more elastic. Preparing you for the baby's delivery thru the birth canal.

http://ezinearticles.com/?What-is-the-R ... id=2002403
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Re: connective tissue

Postby shankell » Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:50 pm

Yes, I'm pregnant. Per my reading, relaxin peaks in the first trimester. I'm actually concerned that maybe I don't have enough relaxin, and that that may be making my connective tissue stretch out rather than be elastic and spring back?
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Postby kolean » Fri Oct 23, 2009 3:57 am

kolean wrote:It works to make your connective tissue (especially ligaments and tendons) more elastic.


No, not more ELASTIC, more relaxed. Relaxin makes everything stretch out, so the baby can grow and come out the birth canal. It takes a long time to get it soft enough for that to work, so that is why the hormone is observed in the first trimester. I will say that I really didn't notice it too much in my first trimester, but around 6 months I began to notice it. You will have to be careful and not lift anything really heavy, especially with the lower back. And not have any wrestling foreplay either, which I did :wink:, and hurt my shoulder and hip.
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Postby shankell » Fri Oct 23, 2009 4:05 am

This is actually my second pregnancy, and it's showing up a lot sooner this time. If relaxin were really the explanation, then wouldn't EVERY pregnant woman get diastasis recti? My understanding is that only a small portion of pregnant women get this, and that it's more common/pronounced in later pregnancy. It really seems like something is outside the norm with me.
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Postby kolean » Fri Oct 23, 2009 2:51 pm

Then you have to talk with your doctor, in order to get some tests done, to figure out what it is. Otherwise you are in the dark and thinking of what it could be. Have to have some physical tests to figure it out. The human body can be so complex. Bring it up on your next doctor's visit, or just call now if you think it could be something more (never doubt mother's intuition).

And yes, with second pregnancy your body can follow the path more efficiently, and thus more quickly. With my first kid, I did not look pregnant till I was in my 5th month, but with the subsequent ones, I looked pregnant at the 3rd month!
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