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Maternal physiology and pathophysiology 

Maternal physiology and pathophysiology
Maternal physiology and pathophysiology

Dermot Nicolson

and Rachel Collis

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date: 12 July 2020

Major physiological changes occur during pregnancy

These changes are brought about by hormonal factors and mechanical factors from the enlarging uterus

An understanding of these physiological changes is vital: they have implications for the safe care of the pregnant patient and conduct of anaesthesia

Knowledge of the physiological changes allows us to anticipate the effect that pregnancy will have on co-morbid medical conditions.

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