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A systematic approach to the physiologic adaptations of pregnancy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16456359     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
When a woman learns that she is pregnant, her emotions are like a roller coaster. To her, she is pregnant. She begins to plan all the things that could be and is in constant motion to await the 9 months until the arrival of her bundle of joy. However, to those of us in the perinatal nursing field, it means so much more. The pregnant woman's body goes through some profound anatomical, physiologic, and biochemical changes to adapt to and support the entire pregnancy, which ultimately support the growing fetus. Although these physiologic changes are normal, often they can be misinterpreted as disease. These changes may also unmask or worsen a preexisting condition or disease, ultimately because the pregnant woman's body cannot adequately adapt to the changes of pregnancy. It is essential to know and understand the physiology-the inner workings-of both the mother and the fetus. This includes the basic adaptations related to pregnancy, placental physiology and action, uterine activity physiology, and fetal heart rate regulation, although this article will focus on maternal and uterine physiology only.
Keiko L Torgersen; Carol A Curran
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Critical care nursing quarterly     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0887-9303     ISO Abbreviation:  Crit Care Nurs Q     Publication Date:    2006 Jan-Mar
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-02-03     Completed Date:  2006-03-23     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8704517     Medline TA:  Crit Care Nurs Q     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2-19     Citation Subset:  N    
Nurse Corps, US Air Force, Fairfield, CA, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Physiological / physiology*
Blood Coagulation / physiology
Blood Pressure / physiology
Blood Volume / physiology
Cardiovascular Physiological Phenomena
Kidney / physiology
Placenta / physiology
Plasma / physiology
Pregnancy / physiology*
Pregnancy Complications / etiology,  physiopathology
Respiratory Physiological Phenomena
Uterus / physiology
Vascular Resistance / physiology

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