By Stacey Chillemi

Nearly 2.5 million humans within the U.S. be afflicted by epilepsy; of those, multiple million are ladies of child-bearing age. With issues approximately every thing from medication-related beginning defects to falls in the course of seizures, lots of those girls are scared of having youngsters. the excellent news is that, with right prenatal care, greater than ninety% will convey fit infants. Epilepsy and being pregnant offers readers the fundamental evidence they should aid them make scientific judgements all through preconception, being pregnant, hard work, supply, and the early days after childbirth. themes contain preconception, fertility, being pregnant hazards, hazards to the fetus, meals, conserving healthy, what to anticipate while pregnant, fetal improvement, and hard work and supply. moreover, the booklet contains guidance for using antiepileptic medicines while pregnant, options and inquiries to ask their neurologist, instructed day-by-day allowances by way of age staff, thesaurus, and lots more and plenty extra. Epilepsy and being pregnant is a necessary consultant for any lady who suffers from epilepsy and needs to have a toddler.

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Prospective studies are underway to describe better the neurodevelopmental risks to the developing brain from exposure to AEDs. Folic acid deficiency is a possible cause of teratogenicity for phenytoin, carbamazepine, phenobarbital, and valproic acid. Unfortunately, there are no definitive studies on the effect of folic acid supplementation in women with epilepsy, and several studies report inconsistent results. For example, one study associated lower serum levels of folic acid with a higher risk of defects in children of mothers taking folic acid during their pregnancy.

If you feel uncomfortable, short of breath, or very tired, you should reduce your level of exercise. If you have already been exercising, it is easier to keep exercising during pregnancy. If you have not exercised before, you need to start very slowly. Many women find they need to decrease the amount of exercise they do during pregnancy. Be careful to avoid activities that increase your risk of falls or injury, such as contact sports or vigorous sports. Even mild injuries to the “tummy” area can be serious when you’re pregnant.

Pregnant women with epilepsy will need to see a neurologist or epileptologist and obstetrician more often than pregnant women who do not have epilepsy. These health care professionals monitor pregnancy closely in order to ensure the best outcome for mothers and their babies. Prenatal Testing Urine and blood tests are given throughout pregnancy, as is routine blood pressure screening. Other tests, listed below, may be offered if the pregnant woman’s age or other factors indicate that she or her baby are at higher risk for certain conditions or diseases.

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