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Maternal physiology 

Maternal physiology
Maternal physiology

Paul Clyburn

, Korede Adekanye

, and Shubhranshu Gupta

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date: 27 July 2021

Paul Clyburn, Korede Adekanye and Shubhranshu Gupta

Cardiovascular system 46

Respiratory system 52

Renal function 56

Haematological changes 58

Gastrointestinal system 60

Endocrine system 62

Central nervous system 64

Summary of physiological changes relating to anaesthesia 66

There are a number of physiological adaptations to pregnancy within the cardiovascular system. It is important to be aware what is considered ‘normal’ for pregnancy, such that common medical conditions, e.g. hypertension, are recognized and treated promptly....

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