It's kind of a love/hate relationship when it comes to relaxin.
No, this is not a leisurely activity I partake in on the weekends....relaxin is this lovely little hormone that is created by the ovaries during pregnancy. The 'love' part is the purpose of this hormone - it literally 'relaxes' the joints in the pelvis to prepare for delivery and making it possible to pass a watermelon (a very cute, watermelon) thru a pretty dang narrow area of the body. That's all just fine and dandy. Thank you mother nature for assisting with this task.
However, this 'lovely' little hormone is also what makes me feel like a 90 year old woman when I get out of bed in the morning (and in the middle of the night X 3). Adam seems to think me working up to get out of bed is hilarious. I have to roll over to face towards the side of the bed where I plan to dismount. I have to angle myself just right and then sort of roll myself off the bed and hope my feet get to the floor before the rest of me. This little exercise is when the 'popping' begins. Anything below the bellybutton is generally in pain at this point and I have joints popping in my pelvis that I didn't even know it was humanly possible to pop. Then since I've been laying in bed (hopefully sleeping) for about an hour at least, the pain and popping continues as I make my way to the bathroom - let's just say, it's a good thing the lights are out or Adam would be pulling out the popcorn for this form of entertainment. The walk generally consists of very small steps, some painful moaning and my hands holding onto my hips for dear life, hoping that one of them does not magically dislocate - 90 years old...seriously.
My back pain that I've been experiencing? Not only caused by carrying around my lovely son-to-be. This relaxin madness can also cause back aches as well.
See what I mean? Frienemies........