Epileptic mum Clair Cobbold publishes diary in magazine
A mum has written a diary about her experiences of being pregnant and suffering from epilepsy.
Clair Cobbold, from Epsom, is having her diary published in a new magazine created by charity Epilepsy Action.
It is being launched as part of a campaign to epileptic help mums-to-be aware of issues that could affect their pregnancy.
The rehabilitation care assistant was diagnosed with the condition when she was 19 and gave birth to her first child Riley in June.
The 28-year-old kept a blog of her experiences and early motherhood.
She said: "When I found out I was pregnant, I was worried about how my seizures and anti-epileptic medication might affect my baby. But regular scans revealed my baby was fine.
"Throughout my pregnancy my epilepsy specialist worked with the maternity team to monitor me closely and put a detailed plan in place for labour.
"The most important things for me were health professionals understanding these concerns and hearing other mum's experiences, knowing you are not alone."
The charities mum-to-be-campaign comes after a survey has found women with epilepsy are not being given information on contraception, conception and pregnancy.
Six women's diaries are being published in the magazine to coincide with the campaign.
Read the blog on becomingamumwithepilepsy.blogspot.co.uk