What Really Happens to a Woman’s Body Before, During, and After Pushing Out a Baby

By
Shannon M. Clark, MD
|
December 29, 2019
What Really Happens to a Woman’s Body Before, During, and After Pushing Out a Baby

“First comes the stretching

In order to squeeze something the size of a watermelon through something the size of a lemon, a woman’s body must stretch from the inside out—which, like a comic-book hero, it manages to do thanks to a hurricane of hormones.

Starting near the end of a woman’s second trimester, the body releases a hormone called relaxin, which causes the joints in her pelvis to literally relax, explains Dr. Stephanie Romero, an OBGYN and assistant professor at the University of South Florida. The body also releases the hormone progesterone during pregnancy, which (among many things) loosens a woman’s ligaments and muscles. This looseness helps the bones in the pelvis expand during labor, and thus accommodate the baby’s head as it works its way down the birth canal.”

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Shannon M. Clark, MD

Shannon M. Clark, MD

Shannon M. Clark, MD, MMS is a double board certified ObGyn and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, and founder of Babies After 35. In her roles as a clinician, educator and researcher at UTMB-Galveston, she focuses on the care of people with maternal and/or fetal complications of pregnancy. Dr. Clark has taken a special interest in pregnancy after the age of 35, which according to age alone, is considered a high-risk pregnancy. In her role as a physician caring for high-risk pregnancies, she has counseled and treated hundreds of women over the years in her very own situation, and has found a whole new respect for the challenges and complications a woman may experience when trying to have a baby later in life.

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