As a community we still know very little about Bell’s Palsy. The exact causes are unknown, which makes definite diagnosis difficult and treatments uncertain. Through surveys and measuring demographics, however, we can pinpoint who in society is the most at risk. At present there is indisputable evidence showing that pregnant women develop Bell’s Palsy at a higher rate than anyone else.
The highest numbers of Bell’s Palsy in pregnant women are recorded during the third trimester (weeks 28 to 40) and in the weeks following birth too, although it can happen to anyone at any time. Pregnant women are over 30% more likely to suffer from the condition than anyone else, which is why raising awareness at ante-natal classes and with fellow pregnant friends or relatives is important.
There are many theories on why Bell’s Palsy is so prevalent amongst pregnant women. But the cause is likely the same as it is for everyone: a reactivation of the dormant herpes virus. Regardless of the cause, it really pays to be aware of the risks while you or your partner are expecting.
As you may know if you’ve done research into Bell’s Palsy before, there is a higher chance of a quick recovery if you seek treatment quickly after the onset of symptoms. So, if you experience a drooping of the mouth and eyes, tingling and numbness in your face and / or an inability to control facial movements then we highly recommend that you visit your doctor or midwife as soon as possible.
If you are suffering from Bell’s Palsy linked with pregnancy and you would like advice or guidance, get in touch with the Facial Paralysis Foundation. Alternatively, if you are seeking treatment for the condition, please book a consultation with surgeon and physician Dr. Babak Azizzadeh at the Facial Paralysis Institute.
Request your consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh today
Call us at (310) 657-2203 to schedule an appointment.Schedule a Consultation