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When is maternal cardiac output the highest?

Immediately following delivery: this is because venous compression is relieved, there is some auto transfusion from uterine contraction, and there is no longer fetal dependence on mother's circulation

It will fall rapidly and be back to normal around 2 weeks


What are the two hemodynamic parameters that either do not change, or decrease in pregnancy?

CVP remains the SAME, and venous capacitance increases, meaning that SVR DECREASES. Everything else, including HR, SV, volume, plasma volume, RBC mass increase


What are the respiratory changes seen during ACTIVE LABOR?

1. Increased MV due to Increased TV and RR
2. Decreased PaCO2, leading to a L shift in the O2 dissociation curve
3. Increased O2 consumption
4. Decreased alveolar dead space due to an increase in CO


What are the two HR cutoffs for fetal bradycardia and their interventions?

1. < 100 bpm: provide PPV
2. < 60 bpm: perform chest compressions at a rate of 3:1 (3 compressions, 1 breath)


What happens to coagulation factors in pregnancy? Which 2 are affected the most?

1. Increase in factors
2. Factor VII and fibrinogen are increased the most
3. Resistance to protein C and levels of protein S decrease
4. Factors XIII and XI, AT III and tPa decrease


What is the first line treatment for uterine atony? What treatment should you avoid in a patient with pre-eclempsia?

1. Oxytocin given as a slow infusion. Do not give as a bolus or a rapid infusion, as this will cause uterine relaxation
2. Avoid methylergotamine in patients with pre-eclempsia, as this causes massive vasoconstriction and can worsen HTN


What are the signs of amniotic fluid embolism?

Cardiogenic shock, consumptive coagulopathy, pulmonary HTN, and fetal bradycardia


What intervention should you use for cerclage placement with bulging cervix vs. prophylactic cerclage?

1. Cerclage with bulging cervix requires uterine relaxation --> perform a GA, this will relax the uterus
2. Prophylactic cerclage would be best performed under neuraxial technique (aka Spinal)


What places a person at a higher risk for PDPH?

Female gender


What mediates FHR variability?

PS tone


What causes early, late, and variable decelerations?

1. Early: benign finding, due to compression of the head
2. Late: due to hypoxia, seen with placental insufficiency
3. Variable: due to umbilical cord compression --> the relationship to the contraction is variable


What factor is increased in pre-eclempsia?

1. Thromboxane A2


What determines the low placental transfer of Bupivicaine?

High protein binding


What values indicate an AKI in a pregnant woman?

Serum Cr > 0.8 mg/dl
BUN > 13


What are the respective blocks available for stage 1 or stage 2 labor?

1. Stage 1: Paracervical block -- though this can lead to fetal bradycardia
2. Stage 2: Pudendal block


What are the two placental abnormalities associated with Breech presentation?

1. Cornual placenta
2. placenta previa


Describe the risks and benefits of performing a CS vs. a vaginal birth.

1. CS: Decreased risk of INITIAL uterine rupture and maternal hemorrhage
2. However, CS has more risks and a longer hospital stay than vaginal births


What is the MOA of Terbutaline?

B2 agonist that binds to the uterine muscle to activate adenylyl cyclase, which leads to decreased Ca
- can cause tachycardia and pulmonary edema


What medication is used to facilitate fetal version, vaginal delivery of breech kiddo, or removal of retained placental contents?



What two therapies are recommended for pre term labor?

1. Corticosteroids: reduces morbidity and mortality
2. Magnesium: neuroprotective in kids in pre term labor


What are some causes of Polyhydramnios?

Duodenal atresia, TE fistula, inhibition of fetal swallowing


What effect does lisinopril have on amniotic fluid production?

It causes oligohydramnios


What metabolic derangement is seen with high dose Oxytocin use? Why?

Hyponatremia. This is because high doses of oxytocin lead to decreased renal excretion of fluid. This fluid overload then stimulates natriuresis.


What is the major disadvantage to doing a paracervical block during labor?

It causes fetal bradycardia, possibly due to vasoconstriction of local anesthetic injection


What is the electrolyte abnormality seen with Terbutaline?



What gas is LEAST likely to cause uterine relaxation in a GA for a pregnant woman?



What effect does Nitrous Oxide have on pulmonary pressures?

It increases PVR


What is the structure of Glycopyrrolate? Does it cross the placental barrier?

1. Quaternary amine
2. It does NOT cross the placenta

* In general, things that cross the BBB will cross the placental barrier


What are the characteristics of drugs that cross the placental barrier?

1. Small
2. Uncharged
3. Unionized
4. Low protein binding
5. High concentration of free drug


What will PTT and PT show in Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome?

1. PTT: prolonged
2. PT: normal