Mar 11 2011

Pregnancy Public Service Announcement

Published by at 4:57 pm under symbiotic alien

For all of my friends and readers sane enough to have not yet reproduced:

If you are more flexible than the average human, you are at a greatly increased risk of moderate to severe hip pain for some or all of the later half of your pregnancy. This seems to be the main underlying cause of the relaxin loosening up the joints too much during gestation.

This should be taken under strong consideration when deciding whether to reproduce. Trust me on this one. While I’ve been assured (and why would this be reassuring??) that I’m a special medical snowflake (again??) on the end of the bell curve in this situation, even a step or two down from this level of pain would be no picnic for someone to get through, not to mention the destabilizing dislocation of the hip affecting mobility in the extreme. So dancers, gymnasts, yogis, and other flexible gals, ‘ware your joints when deciding to spawn!

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2 Responses to “Pregnancy Public Service Announcement”

  1. Allysonon 11 Mar 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Yeah. If I hadn’t already decided not to reproduce, you pretty much would have put the nail in my reproductive coffin. *hugs*

  2. Mary Basson 12 Mar 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Just to put things in another perspective — and a very hopeful one for pregnancy sufferers of excess pain — after your pregnancy is over your pain will be gone. This will be and is such a blessing for you and one I am thankful for in your behalf. After your pregnancy is over and the pain is gone, please do remember all of us “out here” who have chronic pain day and night — 24/7 — and be extra thankful that you don’t have that type of pain for the rest of your lives, the kind that robs you of nearly everything, as many of us do. My aim in writing this is so that you never forget what the suffering was like in regard to understanding that others continue to suffer mightily and yet go forward and try to have some type of life and also that you truly, truly understand how blessed you are not to be in constant pain as are we. So many do not have a concept of what chronic pain sufferers constantly go through. You do. Therefore, you can make a difference in understanding and in compassion of which there is too little of both.