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Epilepsy and having a baby


This information is for you if you have epilepsy and are pregnant now, or might be in the future. It covers things like planning a baby and getting pregnant.

It also includes information about epilepsy medicines and pregnancy, breastfeeding, looking after a baby or young child, inheritance and contraception

To see how other women with epilepsy managed their seizures, treatments and labour, you might want to look at The Pregnancy Diaries.

If you have any further questions about epilepsy and having a baby, please contact Epilepsy Action or contact your family doctor, epilepsy specialist or specialist nurse.

If you would like to see this information with references, visit the Advice and Information references section of our website. If you are unable to access the internet, please contact our Epilepsy Action Helpline freephone on 0808 800 5050.

We have books available for 50p that explain epilepsy to young children, be it their own or their parents. Find them on our shop


Our thanks

Epilepsy Action would like to thank Epilepsy Specialist Midwife Kim Morley for her contribution to this information.

Kim Morley has no conflict of interest.

This information has been produced under the terms of The Information Standard.

  • Updated January 2017
    To be reviewed January 2020

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