When attending birth classes with my sister, I heard that pregnant women release a hormone called relaxin which allows for greater flexibility which is required during childbirth. It is also mentioned that pregnant women should be especially careful while stretching as it is more possible to get muscle tears and injuries.
Now, as someone who does martial arts which requires a great level of flexibility, my mind naturally ticked over. Could relaxin be just the hormone to help facilitate more rapid gains in flexibility?
I asked the doctor in the family, and she said that it wasnt a great idea (because of above mentioned danger of overstretching). However, I think, that perhaps carefully administered, it would be a good way to help with sticky areas, such as my groin, which seems to lag WAY behind the rest of my body in flexibility.
Could this perhaps be the new 'steroids' for flexibility?