Physiological changes associated with pregnancy

Christopher F. Ciliberto, Gertie F. Marx, Darryl Johnston

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Physiological and anatomical alterations develop in many organ systems during the course of pregnancy and delivery. Early changes are due, in part, to the metabolic demands brought on by the fetus, placenta and uterus and to the increasing levels of pregnancy hormones. Later changes, starting in mid-pregnancy, are anatomical in nature and are caused by mechanical pressure from the expanding uterus. These alterations create unique requirements for the anaesthetic management of the pregnant woman.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)72-76
Number of pages5
JournalUpdate in Anaesthesia
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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