Neurological disease encompasses a broad spectrum of conditions which may be affected by pregnancy, present de novo in pregnancy, or are caused by the pregnancy itself. Neurological diseases remain the second most common cause of indirect maternal deaths in the UK. It is imperative that a thorough history and examination are performed when assessing pregnant women presenting with neurological conditions, and that early specialist advice is sought. Multidisciplinary team working is also integral when caring for these women. These points are highlighted with the aid of case studies, with a particular focus on epilepsy, headaches, stroke, multiple sclerosis and myasthenia gravis in pregnancy.
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Published online: December 02, 2021
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