Hypertension in Pregnancy

Hypertension in Pregnancy

Hypertension is a common medical condition affecting many people worldwide, and it can pose a serious risk to both the mother and the developing fetus during pregnancy. Hypertension is the most common medical problem in pregnancy, complicating approximately 10-15% of...
Chickenpox Exposure in Pregnancy

Chickenpox Exposure in Pregnancy

You review a 31-year-old patient who is 14 weeks pregnant. She is worried as she was exposed to chickenpox two days ago. She cannot remember whether she has had chickenpox as a child. 1. If the mother were to contract chickenpox, what would the principal risk to the...
HELLP Syndrome

HELLP Syndrome

HELLP syndrome is a pregnancy complication that usually presents in women who have pre-eclampsia or eclampsia. Affected women also show signs of liver damage and abnormalities in blood clotting. HELLP syndrome is characterised by: Haemolysis ELevated liver enzymes Low...
Seizures in Pregnancy

Seizures in Pregnancy

A 24-year-old woman who is 37-weeks pregnant is brought to the Emergency Department because she is experiencing severe headaches, visual disturbance and abdominal pain. Shortly after arriving, she collapsed and has a seizure. Her husband states she has been treated...
Maternal Changes During Pregnancy

Maternal Changes During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is associated with several maternal physiological adaptations that both assist foetal survival as well as aiding the mother to meet the demands of pregnancy and prepare for labour.   Cardiovascular system changes The increase in progesterone levels that...