It is common practice for medical professionals to be involved in the management of pregnant patients, even if they may not necessarily be specialists in all of the issues that can arise during pregnancy. The most common and serious medical conditions that can occur during pregnancy are discussed in the Handbook of Obstetric Medicine.

These conditions include heart disease, thromboembolism, diabetes, skin problems, gastrointestinal disease, neurological problems, hormonal diseases, hypertension, and pre-eclampsia, as well as a number of other conditions.

The guidebook contains a description of each ailment, including its incidence, clinical symptoms, pathophysiology, diagnosis, the effect the condition has on pregnancy, and the management of the condition.


Handbook of obstetric medicine by Catherine Nelson-Piercy [Download pdf Below]

In addition, the book contains a comprehensive chapter that focuses on the differential diagnosis of many common symptoms. These symptoms include hypertension, chest discomfort, palpitations, dyspnea, migraines, dizziness, and abdominal pain, among others.

The symptoms and potential diagnosis are laid out in a tabular manner that is simple to read, and they contain a discussion of significant clinical aspects and potential research avenues. An appendix that is helpful contains a section on prescription during pregnancy as well as a list of medications that should not be taken during pregnancy. This section is intended for physicians who are naturally hesitant to prescribe medications during pregnancy.

In addition, a second appendix provides a listing of normal laboratory values in pregnancy, segmented according to the three trimesters, so as to facilitate accurate interpretation of laboratory tests. In the comprehensive management of women with medical concerns, pre-pregnancy counseling and postnatal follow-up are both essential components, and this component must include the provision of appropriate contraceptive guidance. As a result, a new third appendix has been included to serve as a handy reference for doctors who are unfamiliar with methods of effective contraception.

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Tables, bullet points, and checkboxes labeled “Points to remember” have been incorporated into the layout of the newly revised edition to facilitate the simple recall of important information. It is a crucial on-the-spot resource for obstetricians, physicians, general practitioners, and midwives to have while in practice as well as while in training.