Fact: In general, epilepsy has no impact on your delivery method. Just like women without epilepsy, you can have your baby vaginally or via Cesarean-section (C-section) — it’s up to you and your physician. If you have repeated seizures while in labor, your physician may choose to do a C-section.
Can a person with epilepsy get pregnant?
Getting Pregnant With Epilepsy
It’s possible that having epilepsy may make it more difficult for you to get pregnant. Women with epilepsy have fewer children than women in general. Their fertility rate is between 25% and 33% lower than average.
Does epilepsy medication affect pregnancy?
Medication you take during pregnancy can affect your baby. Birth defects — including cleft palate, neural tube defects, skeletal abnormalities, and congenital heart and urinary tract defects — are a few potential side effects associated with anti-seizure medications.
Can epilepsy get worse during pregnancy?
Yet in 15% to 30% of women, there may be an increase in seizure frequency, most often in the first or third trimester. The increased seizure frequency is not predictable by the type of seizures the woman has, how long she has had epilepsy, or even the presence of seizures in a previous pregnancy.
Can epilepsy cause birth defects?
In women with epilepsy treated with seizure medications, the risk of birth defects is increased to 6.1% on average, based on currently available data. The most common malformations associated with exposure to seizure medications in utero are cardiac (heart) malformations.
Can I marry a girl with epilepsy?
There is no reason why an epileptic person cannot get married and have children and lead a normal life. However, correct diagnosis is required as there are several kinds of epileptic seizures. Proper medication and precautions need to be taken though.
Can epilepsy go away?
While many forms of epilepsy require lifelong treatment to control the seizures, for some people the seizures eventually go away. The odds of becoming seizure-free are not as good for adults or for children with severe epilepsy syndromes, but it is possible that seizures may decrease or even stop over time.
Can you have a natural birth with epilepsy?
Most women with epilepsy will have a vaginal delivery, without complications. If you are considered to be at risk of having seizures during delivery or the following 24 hours, you will be advised to give birth in a consultant-led maternity unit. This is to make sure you receive one-to-one care from a midwife.
Can a man with epilepsy have a baby?
Many men with epilepsy have normal sex lives and father healthy children. But epilepsy can sometimes cause problems with sex and fertility.
What epilepsy medications are not safe during pregnancy?
Valproate (sodium valproate, brand name Epilim)
Medicines containing valproate (sodium valproate and valproic acid) can seriously harm the unborn baby if taken during pregnancy. If 100 women take valproate medicines during their pregnancy, about 10 of the babies will be born with physical birth defects.
How do you manage epilepsy during pregnancy?
In order to prevent convulsions during labour, proper seizure control should be achieved during the third trimester. Benzodiazepines or phenytoin are found to be effective for seizure cessation during labour and delivery. Phytomenadione should be administered immediately after birth to the newborn.
How do I know if my unborn baby is having a seizure?
Symptoms of neonatal seizures include repetitive facial movements, staring, unusual bicycling of the legs, muscle tightening or rhythmic jerking. Because many of these movements occur in healthy newborns, an EEG may be needed to confirm if a seizure is responsible.
What does it feel like if baby has seizure in the womb?
They felt like small flutters, very rhytmic and frequent (not like when the baby would kick me) and they would go away and come back almost each day.