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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 getting pregnant and making sure your pregnancy and labour run as smoothly as possible for you and your baby. It also includes information about breastfeeding, contraception and looking after a young baby.

To see how other women with epilepsy managed their seizures, treatments and labour, go to the Pregnancy Diaries on our website.

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


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 Epilepsy Action's information quality standards.

  • Updated May 2019
    To be reviewed May 2020

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