Epilepsy and Pregnancy

Discussion in 'Waiting To Try' started by angel2011, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. angel2011

    angel2011 New Member

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    Hi,
    My husband and I want to start to conceive soon. I have epilepsy and was wondering if anyone could give us some advice. I take 500mg of Lamictal and 500mg of Keppra per day. Is it safe to continue this dosage whilst pregnant? What are the risks? I understand that there is an increased risk of babies being born with deformities. Does anybody have experience of any of this?
     
  2. MrsRH

    MrsRH Well-Known Member

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    I'd speak to your GP or a specialist epilepsy nurse.. best get the professionals advice
    good luck
    xxx
     
  3. odd_socks

    odd_socks Long Term WTT

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    i have no idea about this but wanted to say good luck with it :hugs:
     
  4. 9babiesgone

    9babiesgone 2 kids-17angels

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    good luck with this. I also have seizures, and I had two healthy children, but I went without medication. so I am not much help. I hope you get to talk to a doctor soon, or someone has some advise for you. :hug
     
  5. angel2011

    angel2011 New Member

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    Thank you all for your comments. We will speak to our GP asap. I'll keep you all posted.
    xx
     
  6. Olivette

    Olivette Well-Known Member

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    I hope it all goes ok for you at the GPs! Not much advice I can offer but my mum had epilepsy and had several seizures after me and my sister where born and still managed to do a great job, so as mentioned above, it can be done! :D Good luck.
     
  7. Augie

    Augie Well-Known Member

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    You might want to consider making an appointment with a pregnancy specialist. I'm actually going to a perintologist on Thursday to go over my medical history because of some issues I've had in the past just to make sure that I won't be high risk. Perintologists are high risk pregnancy doctors.
     
  8. Junebug_CJ

    Junebug_CJ Maman to Zoë and Zach

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    Many anti-convulsants are actually teratogenic (can cause birth defects) so make sure you get referred to a geneticist or perinatologist! There are safe anti-convulsants too. I know many women with seizures on meds who went on to have healthy babies, good luck!
     

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