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  1. THE BASICS OF CARING FOR WOMEN WITH MEDICAL PROBLEMSIN PREGNANCY

  2. Women with medical problems are sexually active and can get pregnant.

  3. It’s a cop out to tell a woman“don’t get pregnant.”

  4. Don’t say “NO” because YOU don’t know.

  5. Pregnancy is an altered but NORMAL physiologic state.


  6. Key Physiologic Points About Pregnancy • Cardiac output and blood volume increase during pregnancy. • Pregnant women have an increased Pa O2 and decreased Pa CO2

  7. Key Physiologic Points About Pregnancy • Pregnant women have an increased GFR. • Pregnant women have altered drug pharmacokinetics.

  8. Vaginal deliveries are safer than cesarean sections, even in women with medical problems.

  9. Fetal well being generally depends on maternal well being.

  10. Most pregnant women really hate taking pills.

  11. Drug Safety • Drug safety classifications for pregnancy are not as helpful as a careful consideration of both the potential risks of a medication and its potential benefits for a given clinical situation. • ACE inhibitors, tetracycline, and the flouroquinolones are almost never indicated.

  12. General internists have an important role to play in the care of the pregnant woman with medical problems. • Help is also available from obstetricians, maternal fetal medicine, and obstetric medicine.