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Physiological effects of pregnanc1

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Physiological effects of pregnancy Pregnancy involves many physiological changes. Many of these changes can be supported by homeostasis within the body. However, when these changes are unsupported by maternal physiology, many disease states can manifest. Overview The effect of pregnancy on the body can be thought of as a timeline (eg maternal changes from ovulation and early pregnancy through to the third trimester and post-partum) or as changes to different systems (eg skin, cardiovascular, respiratory, etc) irrespective of time. It is your choice how you would like to learn them, but focus on one of the other. Don’t bother learning both. Whatever way you choose, pregnant women will present with symptoms and it is your responsibility to
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Unformatted text preview: decide whether these are pathological or common effects of pregnancy. Some of the common symptoms may include: • Nausea and vomiting (commonly referred to as morning sickness) • Constipation • Lethargy • Breast tenderness • Constipation • Reflux • Haemorrhoids • Varicose veins • Oedema • Backache • Flushes • Vaginal Bleed For this note we will look at the effects of pregnancy on the different systems in the body. Skin Increased pigmentation • Areolas • Cloasma (increased pigmentation under eyes and/or on bridge of nose) • Linea nigra (midline abdominal pigmentation) Palmar erythema Stretch marks (called striae gravidarum)...
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