Physiological changes in pregnancy

Cardiovasc J Afr. 2016 Mar-Apr;27(2):89-94. doi: 10.5830/CVJA-2016-021.


Physiological changes occur in pregnancy to nurture the developing foetus and prepare the mother for labour and delivery. 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. This review highlights the important changes that take place during normal pregnancy.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cardiovascular Physiological Phenomena*
  • Cardiovascular System*
  • Delivery, Obstetric
  • Female
  • Heart Rate / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Kidney / anatomy & histology*
  • Kidney / blood supply*
  • Labor, Obstetric*
  • Pregnancy