Pulmonary physiology in pregnancy

Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2010 Jun;53(2):285-300. doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3181e04776.


This section reviews anatomic and functional changes of the respiratory system during pregnancy. Pulmonary function during exercise in pregnancy and in the obese gravida, sleep-disordered breathing during pregnancy, and pulmonary changes in the pregnant woman living at altitude are discussed in detail. Assessment of pulmonary function and interpretation of the arterial blood gas during pregnancy are also discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Altitude*
  • Exercise
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung / physiology*
  • Obesity
  • Physical Exertion
  • Pregnancy / physiology*
  • Pregnancy Complications / physiopathology*
  • Pregnancy Complications / therapy
  • Pulmonary Gas Exchange / physiology
  • Sleep Apnea Syndromes / etiology
  • Sleep Apnea Syndromes / physiopathology
  • Sleep Apnea Syndromes / therapy