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Pulmonary Physiology in Pregnancy

BOBROWSKI, RENEE A. MD, FACOG

Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology: June 2010 - Volume 53 - Issue 2 - pp 285-300
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3181e04776
Respiratory Disease in Pregnancy

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.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine and Director of Women and Children's Services, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, Boise, Idaho

Correspondence: Renee A. Bobrowski, MD, FACOG, Maternal Fetal Medicine and Women and Children's Services, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, Boise, ID. E-mail: renebobr@sarmc.org

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.