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How Will Epilepsy Affect my Pregnancy?


How Will Epilepsy Affect my Pregnancy?

By Nabta Team
Women who live with seizures, such as women suffering with epilepsy, usually have an uncomplicated pregnancy. However, a known risk of pregnancy is an increased incident rate of seizures. This affects 3 out 10 women who are epileptic.

The increase can be due to hormonal changes during pregnancy, which affect your brain, as well as a change in the way drugs are metabolized during pregnancy.

Despite all of this, it is very important that pregnant women who suffer with epilepsy continue to take their antiepileptic medicine – having an uncontrolled seizure is more dangerous to the baby than the anti-epileptic drugs. Here folic acid supplements are important as they help to mitigate the harmful effects of the drugs.

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