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EAN 2023 | Key considerations in managing epilepsy before, during, and after pregnancy

Bruna Nucera, MD, from Hospital of Merano, Merano-Meran, Italy, speaks about the importance of tailoring epilepsy medication to the needs of women at different stages of pregnancy. Before conception, it is important to evaluate interactions between anti-seizure medication and contraceptives, and to minimize any risks that may harm the fetus. During pregnancy, it is key to balance the risk of over-medicating causing harm to fetus and the risk of seizure-recurrence which could also harm mother and child. And finally, once the baby is born, to ensure levels of medication are low enough that seizures are unlikely to recur but also that the baby isn’t exposed to medication through breastmilk. Recorded at the 9th Congress of the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) 2023 held in Budapest, Hungary.

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