25. Epilepsy in Women of Childbearing Age
- John W. Miller MD, PhD Director, UW Regional Epilepsy Center, Professor of Neurology and Neurological Surgery2 and
- Howard P. Goodkin MD, PhD The Shure Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics, Director, Division of Pediatric Neurology3
Published Online: 10 JAN 2014
Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
How to Cite
Klein, A. (2014) Epilepsy in Women of Childbearing Age, in Epilepsy (eds J. W. Miller and H. P. Goodkin), John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118456989.ch25
University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
Department of Neurology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA
- Published Online: 10 JAN 2014
- Published Print: 14 FEB 2014
Print ISBN: 9781118456941
Online ISBN: 9781118456989
- antiepileptic drugs;
- folic acid;
Women with epilepsy (WWE) face challenges throughout their reproductive life that place them and their unborn offspring at risk of adverse events. It is important to choose an antiepileptic drug (AED) that can control seizures, does not interfere with contraception, and is favorable for childhood outcomes. Pregnant women need folic acid, prenatal vitamins, frequent medication management, and careful obstetrical monitoring. Postpartum WWE should be monitored for postpartum depression and counseled about seizures from sleep deprivation. With the proper counseling and attentive care, WWE can maintain seizure control and deliver healthy babies.