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Epilepsy and having a baby


The aim of this information is to tell you things you need to know about epilepsy and pregnancy. There is information for you if you have epilepsy and are pregnant now. There is also information for you if you might have a baby in the future.

Topics covered include getting pregnant, and making sure that your pregnancy and labour run as smoothly as possible for you and your baby. There is also advice about things you can do to keep your baby as safe as possible.

In this section

Planning a baby
(Pre-conception counselling, folic acid, epilepsy medicines and birth problems)

Getting pregnant
(Epilepsy, your periods and getting pregnant, polycystic ovary syndrome and your periods, fertility)

During pregnancy
(Taking your epilepsy medicine during pregnancy, risks to you and your baby if you have a seizure during pregnancy, ways to lower the risks of having seizures when you are pregnant, scans and tests during pregnancy)

Giving birth
(Ways to lower the risks of having seizures when you are in labour, pain relief during labour, Vitamin K)

After the birth
(Breastfeeding, risks of having a seizure when you are looking after a baby or young child, caring for your baby when you have epilepsy, post-natal depression)

Sources of support

You may also like to read The Pregnancy Diaries. These were written by mums with epilepsy for mums-to-be with epilepsy. Topics they talk about include how they felt about taking epilepsy medicine in pregnancy, how they coped with seizures, and how they managed in labour.

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


Our thanks

Epilepsy Action would like to thank Beth Irwin, Epilepsy Nurse/Midwife, Royal Hospitals, Belfast, UK, for reviewing this information. 

Beth Irwin has no conflict of interest to declare.

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

  • Updated September 2014
    To be reviewed September 2017

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