Seizure Worsening During Pregnancy: Who Is at Risk?

In all people with epilepsy, the goal of treatment is to stop seizures. In pregnant people, control of seizures in pregnancy protects the baby against injury and reduces the risk of premature labor and delivery. This being said, it has long been recognized that in general, women with epilepsy can have a worsening of seizures during their pregnancy.1 Less is known about the connection between the type of epilepsy and seizure worsening in pregnancy. In an article featured in this issue, “Variations in Seizure Frequency During Pregnancy and Postpartum by Epilepsy Type,” Dr. Voinescu and colleagues2 studied a group of pregnant women with epilepsy to better understand this connection.

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