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Postpartum Care for Women with Epilepsy 

Postpartum Care for Women with Epilepsy
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Postpartum Care for Women with Epilepsy
Author(s):

Elizabeth Fountaine

, Patricia Rogers

, and Lynn Liu

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190667351.003.0022
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date: 07 April 2020

A majority of women with epilepsy (WWE) will have a normal pregnancy and labor course. The postpartum period is a high risk time for WWE, which is less commonly addressed and arguable more important to discuss and plan for. The best way to have an uneventful labor and postpartum course is to make a care map before a WWE becomes pregnant. Providers should plan comprehensive epilepsy treatment not only during a pregnancy but also for the postpartum period including anticipated changes in AED dosing, breastfeeding discussions, and anticipation of the importance of social support. This includes providing ideas and suggestions to WWE about how to best care for themselves and keep their infant safe in the setting of a possible seizure. This chapter will discuss some of the challenges WWE face in the postpartum period and necessary considerations to ensure a safe and healthy transition to parenthood.

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