Epilepsy in Pregnancy: Best Evidence for Care

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Epilepsy is the most commonly encountered neurologic disorder during pregnancy. A majority of women with epilepsy continue antiepileptic drug regimens during pregnancy. To provide evidence-based care to women with epilepsy, it is critical that healthcare providers possess a basic knowledge of seizures, antiepileptic medications, and interventions specific to this patient population, as well as an understanding of the patient's basic needs and concerns. This article provides a discussion of seizure types, common antiepileptic medications, and provides evidence-based interventions related to the fetus and the mother during preconception, intrapartum, and postpartum periods.

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