As it is difficult to predict how seizures will be affected by pregnancy, all pregnant women with epilepsy are very closely monitored.
Some medications can have an effect on the development of the baby so it is important that you discuss planning a pregnancy with your consultant. It is preferable to change medications if need be, before rather than during pregnancy.
It is important that seizures are as well controlled as they can be to minimise any risks to the mother and baby during pregnancy.
Although the likelihood of having a seizure during labour is small, this should be discussed with the midwife and medical team and included in the birth plan.
This is thought to be caused by the changing levels of hormones in the body and is called catamenial epilepsy.
Menstruation and ovulation are the times most commonly associated with an increase in seizure frequency, but this isn’t the case for everyone.
Talk to your doctor if you think your seizures are affected by your menstrual cycle. They can take you through the options for controlling your seizures at the times when they are more likely to occur.
More than one in five people with epilepsy have learning or intellectual disabilities.
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