Risks and management of pregnancy in women with epilepsy: a review


  • Mamta Mahajan Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Government Civil Hospital, Theog, District Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
  • Anita Pal Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kamla Nehru State Hospital for Mother and Child, Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, India




Anti-epileptic drugs (AED), Congenital malformation, Epilepsy, Pregnancy


Women with epilepsy (WWE) face certain challenges during their pregnancy. In the present article an effort has been made to review the information regarding the frequency of seizure in pregnancy, effects of epileptic seizure on fetus, complications during pregnancy and delivery, incidences of fetal congenital malformations and infant development. The article reviews these concerns with special emphasis on management of pregnancy. Recommendations concerning prenatal counselling, anti-epileptic drug management, breast feeding and contraception are also taken up in the later part of the article.


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