Bell's palsy during pregnancy and the post-partum period: A contemporary management approach.Am J Otolaryngol. 2021 May-Jun; 42(3):102914.AJ
Bell's palsy during pregnancy and the immediate post-partum period represents a unique clinical entity requiring an individualised management approach. Whilst the exact link between Bell's palsy and pregnancy is still unclear, the majority of cases occur in the third trimester and immediate post-partum period. These patients have been demonstrated to experience worse long term outcomes and are less likely to receive early corticosteroid therapy. This review suggests a contemporary management algorithm to ensure that these patients receive early therapy that is safe for the patient and foetus and meets the unique physical needs of the expecting or new mother.