Pituitary gland and pregnancy.

  title={Pituitary gland and pregnancy.},
  author={Nastaran Foyouzi and Yr Frisbaek and Errol R. Norwitz},
  journal={Obstetrics and gynecology clinics of North America},
  volume={31 4},
  pages={873-92, xi}
The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis is central to mammalian reproductive function, including conception, pregnancy maintenance, parturition, and breastfeeding. Pregnancy is associated with substantial physiologic changes within this endocrine axis to meet the demands of pregnancy, which include support of the fetus (volume support, nutritional and oxygen supply, clearance of fetal waste), protection of the fetus (from starvation, drugs, toxins), preparation of the uterus for labor, and… CONTINUE READING

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