Tag Archives: Pregnancy and Epilepsy

  California Ashley Garcia – CA My name is Ashley Garcia. I am a 23 year old student from CA. I was diagnosed with epilepsy at age 13, and have been seizure free for 4 years. I became involved with My Epilepsy Story because I believe it plays a vital role in helping women realize […]

Women with Frontal Lobe Epilepsy Most Likely to Have More Seizures While Pregnant   In a new finding, 53 percent of women with frontal lobe epilepsy, in which the seizures begin in the front of the brain, experience more frequent seizures during pregnancy, suggests a study that was presented at the American Epilepsy Society Annual […]

Managing Epilepsy with a Baby in the NICU   Last April 2017 my daughter, Zoey, came into this world a lot earlier than expected. She was born at 31 weeks, 5 days, weighing only 3 lbs.  I remember several hours after her birth being wheeled up to the NICU to meet my daughter for the […]

We are launching a new video series to EMPOWER Women and Girls Living with Epilepsy.  Today we hear from Dr. Richmond Akatue from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee on: Does every women living with epilepsy need a primary care doctor?      Dr. Richmond Akatue is an Associate Professor of Medicine. Dr. Akatue serves […]

  Background – Why? In the early 2000’s, results from several antiepileptic drug (AED) pregnancy registries revealed that valproate the highest risks of AEDs for congenital malformations. In addition around the same time, researchers from the NIH NEAD study examined the short and long-term outcomes in babies exposed to four different AEDs during pregnancy.  From […]

The first article I would like to discuss is about fertility in women with epilepsy. This is a topic I (understandably) get many questions about in my clinic and am happy to have a study to refer to now. There are so many stigmas associated with women with epilepsy and their ability to conceive. Up […]

Seizure freedom is never promised…. As I wrap my brain around the fact that I have just had my first seizure in years, the emotions are overwhelming.  First, the utter fear that has consumed me is almost too much to bear.  The fear of if another seizure will come or what people will think of […]

As we head into the coldest months of the year we all need a pick me up to make us feel better especially after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.  Women face self-esteem issues and women with epilepsy are not excluded from these feelings.  We are all trying to make ourselves fit this […]

  Most women with epilepsy take antiepileptic drugs for a substantial portion of their life. This chronic therapy creates an opportunity for pharmacists to play a significant role in the care of women with epilepsy. For this reason and the fact that pharmacists remain one of the most accessible and trusted healthcare professionals, this brief […]

At My Epilepsy Story, we are partnering with different companies to help “Bridge the Gap“ for women and girls living with epilepsy. In forming partnerships, this allows us to serve women and girls diagnosed with epilepsy without seeking funding from them, the patient.  It allows the patient and their families to come to us and just […]