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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE HYPOKALEMIA DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

                                                                                                                                                

What is hypokalemia during pregnancy?

Hypokalemia is a lower-than-normal concentration of potassium [K+] in the blood (actually, in serum, a component of the blood). Potassium is an important electrolyte, and if the concentration is below 3.5 millimoles per liter (mmol/L), then you are hypokalemic. However, effects (symptoms and signs) generally aren’t noticeable until potassium drops to about 3.0. The situation is very severe if potassium drops to 2.5 mmol/L and lower. Potassium concentration affects virtually every cell in the body, but the most clinically significant effects show up in muscle, including the heart.


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