A woman’s body goes through numerous changes during pregnancy. A pregnant woman’s body is carrying another living being inside and the same starts to affect her. The question that usually troubles all pregnant women is how and when will they get back to their earlier shape. Will the change be gradual or sudden? This change in pregnancy is called – Maternal Hemodynamics.
Major adaptations in maternal anatomy, physiology and metabolism are required for a successful pregnancy. Although these changes are profound and affect nearly every organ system, women return to the nongravid state with minimal residual changes.
Finally many women may tire of repetitive reassurance that ” it is simply normal and of no concern”.
Some changes that pregnant women should be aware of:
The profound functional changes in cardiac function reach a crescendo during the labour process.In the immediate postpartum period (10 to 30 minutes after delivery,) cardiac output reaches its maximum. Over the next 2 to 4 weeks post partum, the cardiac hemodynamic parameters return to near preconceptional levels.