Tag Archives: Pregnancy

Today on our EMPOWERING Women and Girls Living with Epilepsy video series we hear from Dr. Gholam Motamedi, Professor of Neurology and Director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. on: “Breastfeeding and Epilepsy“     Dr. Gholam Motamedi is a Professor of Neurology at Georgetown University Hospital. He is […]

Today on our EMPOWERING Women and Girls Living with Epilepsy video series we hear from Dr. Page B. Pennell, Professor of Neurology, at Harvard Medical School and Director of Research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston on: “Fertility and Epilepsy“      Page B. Pennell, MD is a Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical […]

Today on our EMPOWERING Women and Girls Living with Epilepsy video series we hear from Dr. Torbjörn Tomson, Department of Neurology, at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden on: “Managing Your Medication During Pregnancy“    Torbjörn Tomson is Professor of Neurology and Epileptology at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden and head of the Epilepsy Section […]

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 new videos this month for patients and the medical community.  We wanted to share with you one of our videos that will be used for educating physicians as well as the medical community as a whole.  My Epilepsy Story (MES) believes that we need to educate the patient as well the medical […]

  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 […]

In today’s world we are all busy with LIFE… We never seem to have enough time in the day to get everything accomplished.  Whether it is getting things done at work, doing laundry, cooking, cleaning, exercise, and spending time with our family or friends. At the end of the day, I am just exhausted and […]

What is safe and effective contraception for women with epilepsy? Background We know that reproductive hormones such as the ones that are in various forms of hormonal contraception can affect the excitability of nerve cells in the brain and thereby potentially make it easier or harder to have a seizure.  In a survey of 1,144 […]