Describe the physiological changes and their implications for anaesthesia that occur during pregnancy, labour and delivery, in particular the respiratory, cardiovascular, haematological and gastrointestinal changes.
Normal physiological changes begin in the first trimester of pregnancy. TRUE/FALSE
The largest increase in cardiac output in a pregnant woman occurs immediately after delivery. TRUE/FALSE
The closing capacity in normal pregnancy does not change. TRUE/FALSE
Gastrin is secreted by the placenta TRUE/FALSE
Progesterone from the gestational sac may cause changes in the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system in the first trimester, promoting sodium absorption and water retention. TRUE/FALSE
Hats off to those of you who sit this exam pregnant!