Learning Outcomes

When you have studied this session, you should be able to:

  • Describe physiological changes in the female reproductive system during pregnancy and the consequences of these changes for the pregnant woman.
  • Describe the average changes in the pregnant woman's body weight. 
  • Discuss changes in the cardiovascular system during pregnancy, and the effects on blood pressure, cardiac output, blood volume and red blood cell concentration. 
  • Recognise normal and abnormal changes in the pregnant woman's respiration, digestion, urinary system, skin and breasts, including the production of colostrum. 
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