Epilepsy And Pregnancy

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by recurring seizures. If you suffer from epilepsy, then there is a chance that your pregnancy will turn out to be a high risk one. Pregnant women who have epilepsy have a very high chance of developing many complications during their pregnancy term.

Controlling epilepsy during your pregnancy is very important as recurrent seizures can cause harm to your unborn baby.

If the pregnant woman has a history of epilepsy then the likelihood of her giving birth to a premature baby increase manifolds. Sometimes the case can worsen and even still birth can occur. When you have a seizure, your body suffers from lack of oxygen .This can lead serious complications like miscarriage.

The growth and development of the baby could be seriously hampered and he/she might suffer from a condition termed as spina bifida which is a neural tube defect. Also the baby will be prone to develop the condition of epilepsy in his/her later life.

Applying proper methods and strategies to treat epilepsy, the risk factors posed by this disease can be tackled in a very efficient manner.

Some women find a noticeable reduction in their seizures during their pregnancy, due to the increased levels of the hormone progesterone

Anti epileptic drugs which are usually prescribed for epilepsy can cause potential birth defects in your baby. So it is very much important that you avoid all the pre -pregnancy medications and start consulting your doctor from the time you start planning for your baby.

The doctor will either lower the dosage of your drugs or prescribe drugs which will minimize your seizures without causing any harm to you and your baby.

It is very important that you take your prenatal supplements as advised by your doctor. Your physician will also prescribe an extra dose of folic acid, as it will aid in the better absorption of epilepsy drugs. Folic acid also helps in the prevention of birth defects in babies.

It is also recommended to take Vitamin K during the last month of your pregnancy. This will help to protect the newborn baby against hemorrhage.

Careful monitoring should be done throughout the pregnancy to avoid complications. Thus with proper management of epilepsy you can be sure to have a problem free and healthy pregnancy.

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