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Old Jun 13th, 2011, 08:36 AM   1
Eleanor ace
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Loose joints?


Afternoon ladies

Just wondering whether anyone else is experiencing loose/sore/dislocating joints in the final weeks and knows if it means anything?
I have hyper mobility syndrome so I'm used to frequent dislocations and joint pain. My physio said that during pregnancy we get a hormone called relaxin (not sure if that's how you spell it) which causes joints to be looser. However my joints have been a lot more stable.
However since Saturday my joints have been rubbish My shoulder dislocates several times in the night, my jaw has dislocated this morning and I dislocated my finger opening my phone
Could this be a sign that things are starting? I know that sounds like wishful thinking but i wondered whether we get an extra surge of the relaxin hormone in preparation for birth? I haven't put on any weight/done anything in the last few days which would affect my joints.

If anyone can shed any light (and preferably tell me that I will have my LO soon, ) I'd appreciate it! I don't have a physio appointment for a few days and I'm impatient lol.



 
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Old Jun 13th, 2011, 08:44 AM   2
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Hey hun. I've got HMS as well, and as strange as it is with all the extra relaxin in your system it's apparently quite common for us to feel the best we ever have during pregnancy. I find it weird as its a collagen deficiency that causes your tissues to be too stretchy...but the hormone that is supposed to make it more doesn't just make us pop out of joint more!

I don't know about a relaxin surge just before little one arrives......and tbh I'd think it's just a case that when we're getting towards the end our joints ARE going to struggle a little more than most peoples. My shoulders have started going every day now and it's such a pain.

I have heard of a few ladies on another forum I'm on who found the couple of days before birth, and the labour itself were harsh on their joints with a lot of subluxtions and dislocations....so you never know.

I have to admit, it's one of the only reasons for me dreading babs arrival....I *so* hope my hips don't dislocate!



 
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Old Jun 13th, 2011, 16:56 PM   3
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Thanks for your reply BattyNora
Sorry to hear you're struggling too. I feel very lucky that I've had almost 9 months of good joints so I really shouldn't be complaining now!
Are you seeing a different physiotherapist for pregnancy? Mine has been really helpful with labor preparation, writing a birthing plan for me and teaching me and my OH labor positions to help minimize the risk to my joints. Definitely recommend seeing a good physio if you're not already, I was worried about my body just falling apart in labor



 
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