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Relaxin

relaxin

(Science: protein) polypeptide hormone produced by corpus luteum and found in the blood of pregnant animals. Acts, as its name suggests, to cause muscle relaxation during parturition. Human relaxin has an a chain of 24 amino acids and a b chain of 29. Has structural similarity to insulin.


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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 ...

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by shankell
Fri Oct 23, 2009 4:05 am
 
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: connective tissue
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connective tissue

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 ...

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by kolean
Fri Oct 23, 2009 3:57 am
 
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: connective tissue
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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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by shankell
Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:50 pm
 
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: connective tissue
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connective tissue

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-Relationship-Between-Relaxin-and-Pregnancy?&id=2002403

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by kolean
Wed Oct 21, 2009 3:39 pm
 
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: connective tissue
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