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Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Managing the symptoms of epilepsy during pregnancy

Pregnancy can create some specific challenges both to mother and baby. At each stage of pregnancy, it’s important to get professional advice from a pregnancy specialist to ensure the best possible outcomes.

Trying to conceive

Anti-epileptic drugs can cause infertility for some people, whilst also limiting the effectiveness of hormonal birth control which can increase the chances of unexpected pregnancy for other people. These drugs can make conception hit or miss. As many anti-epileptic medications are tetragenic (can cause mutations), it’s important to monitor unplanned pregnancies as soon as possible so that the mother can have her medications adjusted if required and any issues with the pregnancy can be identified early.

Where there are substantial issues conceiving the pregnancy specialist may suggest additional fertility treatments to increase the chance of pregnancy, or temporarily change dosages or types of epilepsy medications to increase fertility. 

Pregnancy

For women who do have a successful conception, it’s important to monitor the pregnancy progress more closely when the mother is an epileptic, as compared to a mother who doesn’t suffer from epilepsy. When the mother suffers from seizures during pregnancy, this can have adverse effects on the baby such as a raised heart rates and distress. It it important for mothers with epilepsy to keep checking in with their pregnancy specialist with regard to the frequency and severity of their seizures.

The OBGYN will also take more ultrasounds of a mother with epilepsy to check for the occurrence of any developmental problems stemming from any anti-epileptic medications.

Lifestyle control such as reducing stress and getting enough sleep can be useful to help manage seizure frequency. Some mothers find that pregnancy helps reduce their seizure rate, while other mothers find they suffer more seizures when pregnant. It’s important to have a good relationship with the pregnancy specialist to help manage symptoms, as they are different in all pregnancies.

Birth

While the risk of a having a seizure while giving birth is low, it’s still advisable to have a hospital birth so that you can access any specialized medical help you need during the birth process.

Having a great relationship with an experienced pregnancy specialist, who has managed other pregnant mothers with epilepsy can help you to have a relatively smooth and stress free pregnancy. It’s important for epileptic pregnancies for the pregnancy specialist to work alongside your neurologist and other medical professionals to create a seamless and coherent birth plan.

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Posted by on Dec 9, 2015 in Uncategorized |

4 Ways a Sports Podiatrist Can Assist You

Your sporting activity will mostly depend on your feet to move around and improve your performance. One of your biggest worries might be the possibility of injury. However, when this happens, you need to deal with it as quickly as possible. Since injuries are almost inevitable in all manner of sports, a sports podiatrist will help you understand what you need to do to have a successful sporting time, with or without injuries, in the following areas.

Knowing your biomechanics

Your feet may become impaired due to stress on their weight-bearing functions. Regardless of your body fitness, there will be small challenges here and there that may lead to a traumatic injury in some part of your leg or foot. A podiatrist will help you understand your movements by examining, evaluating and diagnosing any biomechanical issues in the foot and advise you on the appropriate treatment plan. This will help you avoid injuries and deal with functional challenges linked to existing weaknesses or injuries.

Informing you of injuries that may occur

A sports podiatrist will advise you on probable injuries resulting from tripping, falling, twisting ankles or a knock over by a player and how to deal with them. A faulty foot strike can induce complications on the foot such as stress fractures, heel spur syndrome and plantar fasciitis, among others. Secondly, it can affect your leg, causing shin splints, posterior tibial tendonitis, fibula or tibia stress fractures. Thirdly, it may also affect the knee, causing tibio-fibular arthraglia. among other knee problems. 

Minimizing chances of injury

As much as there will be a likelihood of getting injured, the frequency can be reduced through proper advice. You can warm up by stretching to reduce the strain on tendons, muscles and joints. After the activity, you should also repeat the stretching in a cool-down process to ease muscle stiffness as you prepare for the next session the following day. You also need help in choosing the right footwear to secure your feet and avoid injury. 

Choosing your sporting shoe

A sports podiatrist is definitely the best person to ask about the appropriate shoe for your kind of sport.  Factors that come into play are such things as your foot’s shape, which can be flat, high arched or pronating. Your choice of shoe should not be influenced through marketing hype. A suitable shoe for you is one that meets your needs and enhances your performance while securing your feet against injuries. A shoe with a good shock-absorbing pad should help you sport comfortably and enhance your performance.

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