When we think of the urinary system what comes to mind is elimination and formation of urine, electrolyte balance and water control in the body. However because of the proximity of the female urinary system to the reproductive system, that has made it an important associate organ in reproduction, so much so that the presence of pregnancy affects the functions significantly. In this unit we shall discuss the organs that make up the urinary system briefly and the effect pregnancy has on them.
By the time we end this unit you will be able to:
· Enumerate all organs of the urinary system
· Describe the organs with their functions
· Conduct safe delivery that minimize injury to this organs
· Educate women on how to cope with the physiological changes due to pregnancy, labor and Puerperium
The urinary system
The Unitary system consists of two kidneys, a single bladder, two ureters, which carry urine from the kidneys to the urinary bladder and a single urethra, which carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body.