Preparing for Pregnancy


In the United States, epilepsy affects nearly one million women of childbearing potential. Nevertheless, most women with epilepsy can and do have normal pregnancies.

  • Some well-documented risks are associated with taking anti-seizure medication (ASM) while pregnant, but the answer usually is not to stop taking the medication.
  • Seizures in the mother can also cause risks to mom and baby. For instance, what if you had a seizure and fell and injured yourself? A mother falling on her abdomen could injure the fetus. In addition, a generalized tonic clonic seizure may actually induce premature labor and a miscarriage.
  • Women with epilepsy should follow the traditional rules for having a healthy pregnancy. People who have the most successful pregnancies are the people who are healthiest when they're not pregnant.
  • Talk to your neurologist before you get pregnant so that you understand what the risks are.
  • Get their seizures under control.
  • Find the right medication in the right dose.
  • Try to get on just one medication if possible.
  • Take a vitamin supplement containing folic acid.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Be close to normal weight levels.
  • Eat a sensible and balanced diet.
on Monday, October 14, 2013

Reviewed By:

Joseph I. Sirven MD
Kimford J. Meador MD
Patty Obsorne Shafer RN, MN

on Wednesday, May 07, 2014


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