Physiological changes during pregnancy: a mimic of medical disease and risk to existing ones

  • Kamel El-Reshaid Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait University, P O Box 24923, 13110 Safat, Kuwait

Abstract

During pregnancy; multiple physiological adaptations are encountered.  Their aim is to protect and nurture the developing fetus and prepare the mother for labor and delivery.  They are mediated by an orchestra of maternal and placental hormones.  Some of these changes influence normal biochemical values while others may mimic symptoms of medical disease. It is important to differentiate between normal physiological changes and disease pathology.  The present review summarizes the changes in different systems of the body and its metabolism in an attempt to assist clinicians caring for pregnant women during health and disease.


Keywords: adaptations, changes, hormones, metabolism, physiology, pregnancy.

Keywords: adaptations, changes, hormones, metabolism, physiology, pregnancy

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Kamel El-Reshaid, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait University, P O Box 24923, 13110 Safat, Kuwait

Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait University, P O Box 24923, 13110 Safat, Kuwait

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El-Reshaid K. Physiological changes during pregnancy: a mimic of medical disease and risk to existing ones. JDDT [Internet]. 15May2021 [cited 4Dec.2021];11(3):103-5. Available from: http://jddtonline.info/index.php/jddt/article/view/4708