some people will get stretch marks no matter how many creams they try; Truth of the matter is if you are going to get them youre gonna get them… tropical topical creams don’t work! (put youll smell good) Musculoskeletal System
Estrogen causes softening of joint capsules, connective tissue & ligaments Pelvic joints become more mobile pelvis is not one bone, its several bones held in place with cartilage and with ligaments in pregnancy those joints where they are held together become softer and give you a “looser” pelvis Waddling gait Pain around pubic bone “when I walk it hurts” R/T softening of cartilage where pubis is; vag spanx company make a belt that supports the lower abdomen and squeezes the pelvis together a little bit to make you more comfortable Interosseous ligaments soften Flat feet & back pain result Bigger shoe size doesn’t go away, gain a size and wear a larger shoe after Rectus abdominus separates Diastasis rectus occurs MUST separate to be able to carry a baby because the muscles need to separate to accommodate the growing uterus and fetus normal Ligaments supporting reproductive organs under tension & stretched Your uterus is suspended in your body, held in place, by ligaments. Think about a marionette, but instead of strings, your uterus is held up by ligaments (round and uterosacral) which support it and suspend it. As your uterus grows, the ligaments have to stretch and they are lazy and don’t want to. “ohhh I have a bad pain in my side that goes all the way to the back” this is just ligaments stretching and they unfortunately don’t want to snap back quickly leading to discomfort for a couple of months after delivery Postural changes Growing uterus Increased breast size Change in center of gravity also higher risk for falls, but people in pregnancy have lordosis (sway back) with an exaggeration of the S curve of the spine R/T center of gravity being thrown off Endocrine System Pregnancy would not be possible without your endocrine system because your anterior pituitary gland secretes FSH and LH Pregnancy impossible without ES
Anterior pituitary: FSH follicle stimulating hormone stimulates you to go ahead and develop an egg during a cycle & LH Luteinizing hormone present after ovulation Pituitary prolongs corpus luteal phase of ovary in Latin means yellow body (yellow body phase of the ovary) maintaining the endometrium, the innermost lining in the uterus; every month the endometrium builds up and when pregnant that is what the fertilized ovum will implant into; if NOT pregnant it sloughs off and is your period; you NEED the pituitary gland to prolong the corpus luteal phase of the ovary and maintain that endometrium incase you conceive; the POSTERIOR pituitary gland secretes oxytocin (milk let down) which promotes uterine contractility. When pregnant your uterus does contract a little bit but if too much you would spit the pregnancy out, so we don’t want too much contraction. Other hormones oppose/fight against
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