A new study has highlighted some of the specific issues that pregnant women with epilepsy face when seeking support to help cope with their condition.Conducted by the University of Toronto and published in the medical journal Seizure, the research involved semi-structured telephone interviews with 12 women with epilepsy during pregnancy and after childbirth.The women – who were aged between 21 and 37 years and received care during pregnancy between 2010 and 2013 – identified three key sources of support: their immediate family, their specialist and dedicated support groups.It was revealed that some women felt unable to fully share their health concerns with family members, even though they appreciated their support, whilst neurologists were perceived as reliable but sometimes inaccessible sources of support and information. Bespoke support groups were seen as beneficial, but they often had the unintended effect of increasing fears of epilepsy-related adverse events during pregnancy.The study concluded: “The richness of the transcribed interviews provides valuable insight into the pregnancy experience of women with epilepsy, and helps to direct future clinical and research goals and hypotheses.”Posted by Steve LongClick here to read more stories about living with epilepsy.