– Relaxin: A hormone that is produced during pregnancy that facilitates the birth process by causing a softening and lengthening of the cervix and the pubic symphysis (the place where the pubic bones come together). Relaxin also inhibits contractions of the uterus and may play a role in determining the timing of delivery.
You may be wondering why I started off this post with a definition. Well, Relaxin is hindering my nesting process. How, you may be asking? My pelvis hurts. No, not your normal pelvic pregnant pain. Im talking about the ‘I can’t move at all without assistance pain’.
My doctor, of course, wasn’t any kind of help. After some questions and help from others, I now know what is wrong. Symphysis Pubic Dysfunction.
What the hell is that?
Basically too much of the relaxin hormone softened and separated my pubic area. I’ve had two kids….this has never happened before and I’ve never been in this much pain. Just taking a shower is agony. Standing and trying to walk, I better have help. Tylenol helps a little, but not enough.
I would love to just lay in bed and try to avoid the pain, but there’s a problem with that. Nesting. I want to clean. Push a vacuum, wash the baseboards, scrub the bathrooms. Yep, not going to happen. If the significant other finds me laid out on the floor from vacuuming, it’ll be the last thing he’ll let me do before the baby comes.
Now here’s my other concern. Don’t laugh. When I tell people they laugh. I’ve had two kids, both vaginal. And now, I have a very relaxed birth canal. Is this third baby going to shoot right out when it’s time? Seriously? I don’t want to be on the way to the hospital and have her shoot out in the car.