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What females are more tolerable to hemorrhagic shock in pregnancy?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
All, none.: Pregnant women (in nature's wisdom) are in general more tolerant of acute blood loss because they have increased total blood volume. Having said that, hemorrhagic shock is never well-tolerated by anyone - especially the gravid woman and her fetus(es); that is, a pregnant woman can avoid going into hemorrhagic shock due to her increased blood volume, but when she does she gets very sick very quick.

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