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Emma

In 2010 I had brain surgery. This was actually ‘foramen magnum decompression surgery’ for a chiari 1 malformation (a bit of a mouthful).

A short while after the surgery I was diagnosed with epilepsy. I experience tonic-clonic and absence seizures. It's not a side-effect my neurosurgeon had ever seen happen before, so we were all taken by surprise."

The moment I knew I was pregnant

A short while after having brain surgery I was diagnosed with epilepsy. I experience tonic-clonic and absence seizures. It's not a side-effect my neurosurgeon had ever seen happen before, so we were all taken by surprise. I was immediately put on different epilepsy medications.

Eventually these were changed to less 'dangerous' ones. Trouble was, I was allergic to lamotrigine, so I was then put on another epilepsy medicine.

Come October, I wasn't well, and thought to myself ‘if I didn't know better, I'd say I was pregnant’. However I was using the progesterone implant, so I knew that I couldn’t be pregnant. Mum to three kids, I had just had brain surgery and recently been diagnosed with epilepsy. A baby was the last thing on our mind.

Three weeks later, and no improvement I bought yet another (but more expensive) pregnancy test. For the third time, I took a pregnancy test, but this time I discovered that I WAS pregnant. In shock - from finding out that my epilepsy medicine could interact with my contraceptive implant - and that I WAS pregnant - I made an urgent appointment with my GP.

Tests and scans

In shock - from finding out that my epilepsy medicine could interact with my contraceptive implant - and that I WAS pregnant - I made an urgent appointment with my GP. My GP referred me for a dating scan, which I had in November 2010.

During the scan the sonographer asked us, "Are you trying for a baby?" Obviously we said no, why? "Well, both heartbeats are strong and fine!" OMG, twins!”

Labour

In short I climbed a mountain, after brain surgery, epilepsy diagnosis, and three kids. I gave birth to twins. June 2011, I had a beautiful, non-identical, boy and girl, born five weeks four days early, and needing 12 days of care in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

Emma
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