Physiology of pregnancy and nutrient metabolism.

  title={Physiology of pregnancy and nutrient metabolism.},
  author={Janet C King},
  journal={The American journal of clinical nutrition},
  volume={71 5 Suppl},
Pregnancy consists of a series of small, continuous physiologic adjustments that affect the metabolism of all nutrients. The adjustments undoubtedly vary widely from woman to woman depending on her prepregnancy nutrition, genetic determinants of fetal size, and maternal lifestyle behavior. Studies of protein and energy metabolism illustrate the potential of adjusting the use of those nutrients to conserve a fetal supply. Adjustments in the metabolism of nitrogenous compounds are in place by the… CONTINUE READING