The Normal Physiology of Pregnancy: Neurological Implications

  • Cesar R. Padilla
  • Nicole A. SmithEmail author


Physiologic changes in pregnancy encompass a wide variety of organ system adaptations that support the developing fetus and prepare the mother’s body for childbirth. Some physiologic changes mimic pathologic changes, while others put mothers at risk for medical complications. In the following chapter we highlight pertinent changes in maternal physiology by organ system and how these changes contribute to common neurologic disease states.


Maternal physiology Maternal health Neurological disease in pregnancy Physiology of pregnancy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Brigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.Maternal Fetal MedicineBrigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA
  3. 3.Department of ob/gynBrigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA

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