Creating a Plan for Your Postpartum Care

To make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible after your delivery, you’ll want to create and use a postpartum care plan. The goal of this plan is to ensure that you and your new baby receive the necessary care, follow-up, and support you both need during this period. Work with your care team on this plan at least one month before your expected delivery date. 

Toxicity Risk

If your ASMs were increased during pregnancy, you may be at an increased risk for toxicity after you deliver. Some people experience signs of toxicity such as vertigo, vomiting, blurry/double vision, and ataxia (losing your ability to control your body movements) when the blood levels of their medications are changing rapidly. If you encounter any of these symptoms, reach out to your doctor right away or call 911 if you feel your symptoms are severe.

Common Questions About Postpartum Care & Epilepsy

Consult With Your Doctor

We understand the importance of caring for yourself and your baby after delivery. Educating yourself on all that’s involved and ensuring you have a plan to safely monitor things after your baby is born will make it much easier, less stressful, and safer, for you and your child.

Download our Postpartum and Epilepsy - Questions to Ask Your Doctors, and bring a copy to your appointments to help guide your conversations and get the answers you need.

You can also use the Epilepsy Foundation Seizure Diary to track your seizures and share the information with your doctor.

Reviewed by: Laura Kirkpatrick, MD, September 2023

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