Women with Epilepsy can have normal, healthy babies – but it’s important to seek the advice of a neurologist as part of your health care team before getting pregnant. If medications need to be altered, it’s best to get adjusted to the changes before the pregnancy begins. Special precautions must be taken to protect the baby during their entire pregnancy and throughout breastfeeding. Pregnant women should also make every effort to avoid exposure to the familiar triggers that tend to cause their seizures.
Women’s bodies react differently during a pregnancy. Some women will have fewer seizures, although other women might have more because of hormonal changes. The more severe a mother’s seizures are, the more danger there is for the unborn child such as:
- Fetal heart rate and blood pressure can increase or decrease
- Decreased oxygen level to the fetus
- Falling can injure the baby or cause a miscarriage
- Violent convulsions can cause premature separation of the placenta from the uterus
- Preterm labor
- Premature birth
Even though there are risks to an unborn child during a seizure, high doses of anti-seizure medications can also pose a risk. This is why it’s important to contact Dr. Deborah Cantrell at Elite Neuroscience Center to determine the safest medication and dosage for your condition and pregnancy.