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Physical Changes During Pregnancy

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, in part, to the increasing levels of pregnancy hormones, particularly those of progesterone and oestrogen. Later changes, starting in mid-pregnancy, are anatomical in nature and are caused by mechanical pressure from the expanding uterus.
The main organs and systems affected by a woman's pregnancy are:

The information in this page is presented in summarised form and has been taken from the following source(s):
1. World Anaesthesia & the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists : http://www.nda.ox.ac.uk/wfsa/index.htm


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