The Morning After

This is not a blog post about pregnancy and pain and hypermobility, although you’ll learn a little, perhaps. This post is about how information perpetuates.

Yesterday I posted this on Facebook:

PREGNANCY SCIENCE UPDATE: The hormone RELAXIN inhibits uterine contraction, increases the length of the interpubic ligament, and softens the cervix. IT DOES NOT increase the laxity of the joints nor affect the whole body, making pregnant women more susceptible to joint injury. About 30 years ago, it was hypothesized that pregnancy hormones created an all-over joint hypermobility, a notion widely spread in the 1980s. More recent research has shown that there is NO CORRELATION between pregnancy hormones and joint mobility. WE NEED TO STOP TEACHING THIS INFO IN PREGNANCY COURSES. What we do have is a widespread issue of women without enough strength to carry the rapidly-increasing load of pregnancy, then straining their ligaments, and getting injured. People also do not have enough information on how to align their body correctly to know when they’re stretching a muscle or when they’re stretching a ligament. It’s time to teach them, don’t you think?

I choose the wording of my posts carefully. Yes, they are inflammatory. I do this on purpose. I do this to get people to read them and think about them. I do this because people need to think more about the information they subscribe to. We have an entire group of professionals who are memorizing what other professionals (who are teaching the courses, writing their books and blogging like me) are saying without thinking about it for themselves. I don’t expect you to take what I say and start believing it. But if you are a professional, I at least expect you to think about it.

The resulting Facebook comments and ensuing emails have been interesting. There were a few people who were like “Cool! Thanks for letting me know. I’m going to go update my curriculum.” And then there those that were those who were like “Shame on you for making women feel bad about their pregnancy-related pain. It’s a well-known fact that hormones loosen the body to prepare for delivery. And you probably kick puppies too.”

Ok, first of all, how do you propose I keep my puppy from yapping?

Just kidding. I don’t even have a dog. Though my neighbor sure does…


I find it ironic to be chastised for spreading the information I do. I find it much more harmful to continue to teach women that the state of their body during pregnancy has to do with uncontrollable factors, genetically designed to make them miserable, unable to walk and needing medical treatment. But let’s leave that aside and talk professionalism. I find it even more unscientific to continue to teach this information when there is analysis that shows the facts are otherwise.

They say it’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks. I used to think this meant that it was difficult because the dog was too old to learn but I now think this has more to do with the age of the information we  hold dear. And yes, this means I’m calling you a dog. But I only kick puppies, so no need to worry.

We tend not to place the same rigors on initial information as we do subsequent or follow-up amendments to the aforementioned initial information. I’m sorry about that last sentence. I’ve been watching old episodes of West Wing and am channeling my inner Congresswoman right now.

Let me re-state that last sentence: The information we learn first becomes our truths, and anyone who states differently is forced to not only educate, but to defend, convince and hand-walk us through why our first bit of knowledge has to be let go.

While there are extreme differences in opinion about normal birth between the allopathic and alternative communities, there seems to be a strong consensus that the hip and back pain, the separating of the pubic symphysis, the pelvic floor disorder, the labral tears, the carpal tunnel, the you-name-it are all the body’s normal response to the state of pregnancy.

This Etched-in-Stone belief stalls investigations into the effects our personal habits of fatigue, anxiety, sleep-deprivation, adrenal production, mineral-starvation, movement patterns, muscle tension, footwear, and everything else have on human tissue. Science can’t move forward if we don’t open our minds and people cannot get better. Chronic pain issues are worsening under our current belief system — not getting better.

It is hard to let go of beliefs when we start our logical deductions with premises that are false.  Some of these from Facebook/relaxin thread included:
All ligament tissue is the same.
Hormones are systemic as opposed to site-specific.
Our body’s ligaments (other than the pubic) need to loosen to allow a baby out.

On Facebook I pointed out that the purpose of my post wasn’t to state that there’s no hypermobility or pain — only that the cause of this condition was not necessarily what we think it is. The science points to pregnancy-related pain as being mechanical, as opposed to something chemical. There is much more concrete data on the properties of human tissue, the loads these tissues can bear, the damage that overloading causes, and the resulting injuries from mechanical overload. There is more concrete data on the roll the muscular system plays in keeping ligament tissues unloaded, and the functional strength in people with ligament issues, than there is on the biochemical experience *some* people have have during pregnancy. Yet we’re not presenting this mechanical information, we’re retelling the same story over and over: this pain is natural. Your suffering is natural. We do this for a lot of ailments, actually and the phenomenon is not exclusive to the allopathic community. It’s wide-spread, my friend.


I guess the point of today’s post is this: “That’s not what I heard” is not a great response to new information that affects you or your clients and patients. Do some research on your own. And, instead of only researching new stuff, how about taking a look into the stuff you believed before. When (if) you’ve learned that pregnancy causes a whole-body laxity of the joints, how did you verify this information? Did you read the research articles themselves? Did the study have valid measures?  After doing this, make your own decisions. I’m not the boss of information. I could be making tons of mistakes. For sure I’ve made a lot of mistakes spelling.

I still love you, but I’m taking a tech break for the rest of the year. I mean month. I mean day. As you could imagine.

P.S. There were also requests for references on Facebook, as if I were the only person who can type two key words into and hit the search button. Did I mention I have a six week old baby, a one-year old and donate all my free time to generating massive amounts of public information? I provided a couple articles I had at my fingertips, because I like to be helpful. You can have them too:

I’d also like to point out that not one reference-requesting person said Thank You. But that’s beside the point. Other people said thank you for other things. Just not those people. For the references.

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43 thoughts on “The Morning After

  1. Well, I’ll say it as a student of anatomy and someone trying to get pregnant: THANK YOU!!! It sounded like nonsense to me when an OB we interviewed mentioned it, but I’m glad to get the references to take with me and hand to the next uninformed person I run into! Thanks!

  2. I’ll say Thank you.
    Thank you.
    I have absolutely no intention of ever going through another pregnancy, but what you say here makes a lot more sense in relation to my experience than ‘what I was taught is true’ did.
    thank you for making me feel as not crazy as a woman with 4 kids can!

  3. I think you are awesome, hilarious, and fabulous. Thank you for all the info you share. I’m just a mom interested in being my healthiest self, and I appreciate what you bring to the table. And I wish you were my next door neighbor.
    Thank you!!!!!!!

  4. I was just having a similar conversation with a client today – how people have “truths” and they are so defensive about them, and how difficult it is to be the breaker of news. Keep fighting the good fight Katy.

  5. Hmm, that’s interesting. I have hypermobility syndrome, and my symptoms (including all over body pain and soreness and fatigue) have worsened with each pregnancy. I am fortunate to have not had any pregnancy related injuries or problems though, and had a very happy and healthy home birth with my youngest. Am now curious as to why my symptoms worsened in this way if the hormones didn’t affect me all over, I had always assumed that was the reason.

  6. One of the (many) things I appreciate about learning from you is the ongoing reminder to check my filters and be mindful of what I assume to be true. I don’t know what I don’t know and taking the time to be curious, ask questions, dig in and explore the available info is invaluable to my learning process. Thank you!

  7. I wish you have been around passing out all this great information when I was having my babies! There were times I could barely walk due to hip and pubic symphisis pain. Having large babies probably didn’t help, but understanding body mechanics would have been a wonderful thing.

  8. I don’t bother giving people references anymore. Rarely do they read them. If they spend _their_ time and money/printer ink/etc…. then they are much more likely to take the time to read them.
    Thank you for all you do. Thank you for still trying to get through to people who would prefer to suffer than get better. Thank you for providing me the information and exercises that have made my own life better.

  9. As a crone past having babies of my own and as a nurse not “practicing” but still caring for people’s bodies, I THANK you from the bottom of my heart for saying intelligent, thought-full, researched, use-full things to those of us who question, test, and think about what we read/hear. I think you are freaking awesome.

  10. Thank you.

    The information you have shared with me (for free thus far) is redefining my defintion of health. It is a “heal thy self” message.

    Suggesting that we are ultimately responsible for our own lives can be a very threatening idea.

    Although I’m not a God person, this post makes me think of these words of wisdom from Marianne Willaimson:

    “Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us. It is not just in some; it is in everyone. And, as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

    Thanks again.


    Now, may I suggest a nap?

  11. I had to commnent on this post and I sincerely send a huge thank you for your life changing information. I am currently in my third pregnancy and its so different this time I am actually enjoying my pregnancy. I’ve been squatting and monster walking and stretching daily (my hypermobility really helps with this – lol)and the pain that kicked in at 9 weeks just isn’t there now at 17 weeks – except for the times I let the exercises go for a few days and instead sit down. Blaming pregnancy hormones has only only useful purpose and thats telling myself the pain is “natural” and “a good pain”. Physio advise has been to lay down as much as I can. So thank you so, so much for giving your dedication and brain power to this area and big congratulations on the new bub!

    1. just one question though… why does the pelvic/ hip pain and noticeable separating feelings return post birth at ovulation time (in my case)or premenstrually? it was this that made me think it must be hormonal.

  12. Hi katy,

    thank you for continuing to bring new information (that often many of us don’t hear about through regular channels) out into the open and doing what you do best… translating it into language that is easy to understand. After reading your facebook post, I did indeed research the information (as I am a teacher of this information)… but reading research is like driving a foreign car, the information is all there – but found in different places or can be difficult to understand.
    We must continue to learn and part of this is challenging information that has been given to us and we have accepted as “the truth”… but nobody likes to think that they are either wrong, or have been doing wrong by others by sharing/teaching information or perhaps mis-information.

    I think you deserve a rest and it has not been forgotten that you are juggling everything you do with a new born and toddler… Have a wonderful Christmas and I look forward to your new posts when you are back on board!
    mish from mishfit x

  13. Hmmm… I feel like I’m always trying to put together a very puzzling puzzle. I learn a little bit here and a little bit there, and I slowly put it together to figure out what I’m trying to figure out. At least I think I’m figuring it out. Trying to figure out what’s going on with my body is very difficult and confusing because it’s all so complex. I must say I am incredibly grateful for the info that you have put out there that helps and leads me on to the next piece of my puzzle.

    You should be flattered when people ask for info references. They ask because they truly don’t know where to look (goggle can be awfully broad sometimes when there is so much MISinformation available). So they’re searching and searching and then, low and behold, they find YOU. You, who are just so darned HELPFUL and you know so much that we don’t know and it all makes so much sense when you say it. So they hungrily ask for more and more because THIS is what they’re looking for. (And the standard suggestion to “ask your doctor” just doesn’t hold up, obviously.) And you’re super busy and have to draw the line somewhere, but the stuff you give is GREAT.

  14. Katy, thanks for your willingness to be unpopular. It is refreshing. My own hypermobility and pregnancy experience was osteitis pubis in my first pregnancy, followed by an a bout that had me in a wheelchair in my second. I even got a bone spur on my pubic bone. It was terribly painful, and my labors were awful. Of course, I was pretty sedentary throughout (a doctor had told me not to strain myself because it would deprive my fetuses of oxygen. No, I am not joking).

    My third pregnancy, I did yoga and kept active, and had a great pregnancy and a really great delivery. Recently I told a friend who is a physician about my experience and she was mystified as to why the yoga would help.

    What you’re saying makes sense and I will continue to cheer you on as you keep lobbing truth bombs at the establishment! 🙂

  15. Dear Katy,

    Thank you for this shake up. Those of us working with pregnant women need this information — we need to move our mamas toward stronger bodies, better births and easier postpartum experiences. Our mamas need us to question the prevailing truths.

    I have been working with pregnant mamas for a decade now. I am regularly blown away by the way “information” parades around as truth. By such authoritative sounding bodies such as “my OB”, the American Pregnancy Association, textbooks, my SIL, oh ya, and What to Expect. And Facebook. And the Internet.

    You write somewhere in your taglines that Katy Says/Aligned and Well are “culture free” spaces…well, let’s be clear that claim can’t necessarily be made for most of the sources we are getting our information from about pregnancy. Bits of information are taken from science, infused with our general fear of pregnant women (and the liability that goes with that) and an ongoing sense that pregnant women are fragile. I think the “relaxin” thing has been easy to buy into because we still have deeply embedded cultural beliefs of the fragility of the pregnant body. And our own embedded beliefs in the OB as the expert on all things birth & pregnancy related, so if my doctor told me it’s relaxin… I am always in favor of prudence and not over-stretching any body, but how awesome would it be if we could use these opportunities to teach women to be in tune with their own bodies instead of being afraid. Or, to follow your work on this, teach these mamas how to make their bodies STRONG instead of FRAGILE.

    I greatly revere the work of some of my teachers (pregnancy massage) … but they taught me the “relaxin” line…and I bought it. Your work has toppled so many of the truths I’ve either bought into or grappled with never quite understanding (that pregnancy posture infographic with pelvic tucking). For that I am so grateful.

    I do need to conclude by saying that I for one am very aware that you have a newborn at home. And frankly, KB, I was hoping for some traditional maternity leave from you. I’ve only started following your work the past few months and was HOPING to have time to catch up on all the years of “Katy Says” that I missed out on. You are fast. You are rigorous.

    Much, much humble gratitude from me and from all the mamas I work with here in San Diego.


  16. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Katy. I so appreciate all the research and awesome information you give out. I know you don’t let the naysaysers get to you but it’s nice to know that for some of us you have saved our health and well being!

    Brenda in Ventura

  17. Katy,

    What can I say other than simply this: you have been a lifesaver to me. Before coming across your site, your program, and your hilarious blog, and having already tried e v e r y t h i n g, I despaired that the rest of my life would revolve around pain pills and ‘making do.’

    The information you graciously share makes sense on a gut level, while always challenging me to try things for myself, to learn more and to challenge the way I’ve done things, because the way I’ve done things is obviously not working. Your exercises are enabling me to heal a pretty broken down, weary body, and that is a gift beyond compare. And your blog–as others have stated before–I have learned not to read your blog while eating or drinking for the simple reason that either my computer will end up wearing my breakfast or hubs will need to perform the Heimleich!

    You do bloody good work hilarious woman, and I will forever be grateful. (And, based on yet another of your recommendations, I finally have a standing station and it’s friggen amazing. My back, leg and hip pain has decreased dramatically, my energy levels have skyrocketed, and I’m sleeping better than I have in years. I feel like Superwoman. In really ugly stretch pants. I’ll send a photo. Of the standing station. Not the ugly pants.)

    Love and heartfelt thanks coming your way!

  18. Oh gosh…I just looked through your old blog about relaxin. This was totally me: “tighter hip musculature on one side that now rotates the left half of your pelvis away from the right (pubic symphysis pain, anyone?)”
    Sheesh, it hurt for a good three months after birth (of a huge headed baby, but no excuses right 😉 Now after a year of soaking up everything you say, I’m starting to understand things. I’d never associated my tight hips with the pubic symphysis pain.

    Thanks for all the explanations…and all your time and energy and funnies. I try to keep my adoration a bit on the down lo, but it seems like you could use some lovin’ today. So here goes: I love you Katy! :-p

  19. ooh, katy, this one is better than average! your average is pretty good, but this is extra shiney. plus, bonus for the wingnuts! (now if we could just talk about this subject while walking the halls…)

    this one goes on my list of required reading for my pharmacy students! 🙂

  20. I often think of the receptors and find it interesting that the second reference that you list (THANK YOU) ends the article with visions for future research into the receptors. Oxytocin in regards to uterine contractions can certainly be receptor dependent. I love your posts as they merge hard science with hard humor and your brilliant wit and talk about topics I love. Thanks Katy! I will be teaching about relaxin this weekend at a prenatal yoga teacher training and am glad to have some more updated, nuanced and well referenced information to share and put into context.

  21. Hi Katy! I will thank you to look after and maintain your own sanity and health. So you can keep disseminating the important information that you do. I know, so selfish. Probably why I shouldn’t have a dog, but I do. (Don’t kick any puppies, please.) I think I’m a fairly big skeptic (and I’ve been trained to argue logically) and I believe that REx works; it’s based on sound principles and if the lab science is still catching up in explaining why proper alignment and frequent movemnt heals/restores/preserves, that is not an effective refutation of — anything. Lots of people were burned for committing themselves to the fact that the earth is round and planets rotate around the sun. But that was bad and wrong and they didn’t have the Internet then.

  22. Hey Katy,
    Your doggie reference has prompted my to reply! While studying for my degree in animal behaviour, I think the thing I took away from it more than anything was fully understanding the scienific method. It puts order in the world, makes sense of it all. However, not everyone thinks this way. People like to cling deeply. hold onto. for their dear lives. beliefs that can exhonerate them of their responsibilities. Cultural myths such as it’s the dog that wants to dominate the home, its our hormones fault for all our aches and pains. People don’t want to test their theory nor examine their methods. This may sound pretty harsh, but don’t get me wrong I’m still trying to shake off my bad habits. It’s hard work but I’m forever greatful for having the information at my fingertips. The amount of times I’ve heard of friends bouncing from doctor to doctor, none of which can diagnose or help with their crippling issues. You have brought answers and information when nothing else added up so thank you and take care of yourself.

  23. Dear Katy,

    I may not have said it before, and I should say it more often, but THANK YOU. Truly, your writing and videos have changed my life and health.

    And, because you’re an information geek like me, I’m going to give you a reference: Thomas Kuhn, _The Structure of Scientific Revolutions_: great stuff on how that information becomes a paradigm and how “paradigm shifts” — Kuhn coined the phrase — happen.

  24. Katy, Katy, Katy …

    I have often wondered when you would grow weary of fighting the good fight.

    Because here’s the thing – I’m out there in fitness-land and I am sharing much of what I have learned from you and others that is contrary to what my clients

    a) have been told before
    b) read in popular fitness magazines
    c) see other people doing
    d) hear from other instructors.

    And while I have amazing clients, I have to say that sometimes I get really tired of feeling like a lone voice. Or a naysayer.

    And on a few occasions, I’ve thought to myself, “I am not sure how Katy goes against the grain so much and still stays sane.”

    (Especially postpartum. With another wee one in tow. While running a business.)

    I was thinking this thought earlier today and all I can say I came to is this – I think everyone who pushes the envelope, who makes people think has to be very brave and personally very strong.

    I thank you for fighting the good fight today and every day. What you are doing matters.

  25. “Chronic pain issues are worsening under our current belief system – not getting better.” DOH! That is what, on a personal level, I was suffering from i.e. very fit from all those sports and very much in pain. I’d like to think I would have heeded the RE message in my youth. Maybe, maybe not. At 53 I heard it loud and clear. Thanks for the brain and tissue changes, Katy. With apologies to Jerry, “Keep on truckin’ Mama, truck that ignorance away.”

  26. Haters gonna hate.

    Shut down your computer and go milkify your baby/babies. Those hormones really WILL relax you, and I’ve got both the research and anecdata to make it #trufax.

    I still need to go back and read the earlier relaxin entry for real, but MAN, it never made sense to me even though I both believed it and passed that information on to my own students and clients. (*cringe!*) Thabk you for providing so many crucial puzzle pieces, Katy. I mean that.

  27. Thank You!

    I have just finished studying nursing and midwifery and this information is really important! It does raise a questions for me though… women are told that if they have a small pelvis they may not be able to give birth naturally but will have to wait and see if relaxin will fix this issue and widen their pelvis… what actually happens??

  28. Katy, THANK YOU! YOU RULE!
    I have no idea what I would do if I hadn’t found you a couple of years ago. I am FULL of gratitude! I love the way you challenge all these old worn out beliefs, and that you have the knowledge to back it up!!
    You are remarkable! YOu keep me on my toes and you make my life so much more interesting because I love this stuff so much. And you keep the women in my classes safer! (I am a yoga pre/postnatal yoga teacher) YOu really are are brilliant. A true pioneer! ♥
    I regularly direct so many folks to your site and even print up your articles and interviews as handouts.
    I am actually thrilled that you just blew the lid off the relaxin thing when you did as it is just in time for some workshops I am teaching at a yoga conference this weekend. I know that ultimately we all need to find out our own truth, but it is time we question things. its strange to think that we can believe things just because “were told/were taught years ago” etc. makes me sort of embarrassed and question other things I believe..just because it was something I was taught. Never go a’ changing Katy! We love you!

  29. “Suggesting that we are ultimately responsible for our own lives can be a very threatening idea.”

    I find learning/teaching that we are ultimately responsible for own selves is so EMPOWERING! Finally, there’s something “I” can do to fix this issue? Super cool!

    But I find new information to be very threatening to our & professionals & “experts” EGOS. Unfortunately. cuz then the same myths/misinformation just keeps getting perpetuated.

    I tell people all the time the most important thing I’ve learned from the Restorative Exercise Whole Body Alignment training and Katy, is to question everything… never take anything at face value…never assume it’s the truth just cause an “expert” told you or you read it in a “reputable” source- look into it, research it, verify it. And I’ve been teaching my daughter this too…she knows about alignment and she knows to do her own research to verify truth/fact. She’s 11. so happy to be able to teach her these life skills!

    Thank you Katy. I’m so grateful that you and I lived in the same county when you started teaching others what you know/see/learn and that I’ve had the past,what? Six? years to learn from you. Super thankful EVERY day. You ROCK. Seriously. <3

  30. Thank you Katy I love what you do and am amazed by your knowledge and ability to explain things in a terminology that I understand I am a ‘but why’ person who uses the Internet and discussion to understand things on a deeper level and I have found your posts by far the most informative and stimulating for my wee brain- in a nut shell you rock!! Sending you much love and thanks for the time (most precious) you so freely give and the sharing of your gift xxx

  31. Thank you! Well it makes a lot of sense to me that both are at play – hormones and lack of strength. I have suffered ligament damage and noted that it my probelms were worsened just prior to and during menstruation, so I verified this information over years of observing my own body closely. Unfortunately most women decide to take up pre natal yoga during pregnancy, so they are weak in their joints, even if they do consider themselves fit it’susually running or gym. So it’s a matter of damage limitation. Yes, the women who are already regular at our yoga and pilates classes fair much better throughout the course of their pregnancies than those that come in already pregnant. Thanks for the post.

  32. Hi Katy. Hope you’re all well. Thanks for this post. I’m 18 weeks with third pregnancy and PGP for third time. Having good days and not so good, but still squatting and walking and sitting on the floor to eat – it’s all helping physically and mentally – there’s so much out there that tells you ‘it’s only going to get worse’ and that’s hard to take.

  33. I have hypermobility and did not realize that my increase in lower SI Joint back pain increased with each child until about 10 years after my second child and I finally found a good spine and pain doc who could plainly see that I have hypermobility and did share with me that women with it have usually increased issues after each baby because whereas women with normal joint mobility don’t have joints completely shift during birth, even with relaxin factor, women with hypermobility do. I know women that only after I was dx’d with it realized that they, too, have it and the fact is that birth of children does exacerbate the problem, but you can recover quickly if you KNOW IT BEFORE and get good chiro and other care right after and not ten years later when someone finally identifies it.

  34. Thanks Katy. RE has helped me to heal a bum knee, and I am slowly working through some very tuff cervical and thoracic spine mal-alignment problems. I have to be optimistic cuz the doctors I see tend to jump to the most severe offering (surgery), which scares me. Recently, I had an epiphany about all the billions spent in the USA on medical care-its BECAUSE people do what the docs say without question! My doc recently suggested that he could fuse my cervical spine in response to severe muscle tension. My bet is that many of his other patients would willingly submit to this, but not me. Thanks again for giving me the tools to be well without major interventions. And, for that barking dog, you need to tell him know “no barking”. Try it!

  35. This is interesting. Personally, I noticed looser joints as an early pregnancy sign with my last pregnancy (can’t remember with my first two). Like three weeks post-conception, I had to be careful to not do crazy things like shaking big old apple trees. But then, that was before I began devouring all this alignment info. I know I had some major alignment problems. And thanks to Katy’s info, I can go barefoot all day again without my feet hurting. Yea! I notice I get stiff and tighter all over and the stretches hurt much more around my periods. Hormonal effects?

  36. Thank you for throwing info out there like its meant to start converstation (or arguments) I have mentioned here before that one of the reasons I will probably won’t persue a higher degree is that the info they teach is no longer valid, and that ciriculum (oh god spelling!) is so slow to change especially at a university level, that it will never be up to date.
    You delivery is part of what makes you so effective as a teacher. It demands that people think about it and I really believe that a teacher is actually someone that teaches someone to think. (speaking of things that are hard to come by in an school setting)
    Keep stirring up the ire! It is so important, and so apprieciated!
    (oh god spelling!)

  37. Thanks for the great info -here and other posted topics. I am 39 1/2 weeks pregnant and doing squats. Makes total sense.

  38. You’re amazing. Just found your blog and can’t put it down.

    Now, I believe you about relaxin. But here’s the thing, I’d lost 30 pounds a year before pregnancy. During my first 20 weeks, I gained 1.8 pounds. During that same 20 weeks, every joint in my body hurt–even (and I don’t know if its a “joint”) my breastbone. My knees (load?) and knuckles (uh…not load, right?) are the most painful. I slipped in the shower (didn’t fall–slipped), and my pelvis has gone crazy and causes me constant pain (part of why I’m reading your blog).

    So how can my pain be for weight gain? A) I’m used to this much weight, and B) I’ve had this pain since before I gained anything, I had it by 10 weeks. I’m not kidding. And to complicate matters, I’m a very flexible person to begin with, so you can imagine how many times my providers have said “relaxin” to me. So…what gives?

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