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pregnancy and parenting

Each year in the UK around 2,500 women with epilepsy have a baby. Most of these women will have a normal pregnancy and delivery, an unchanged seizure frequency and over a 9 in 10 (90%) chance of having a healthy baby.

Information for anyone with epilepsy who is thinking about starting a family.

How pregnancy may affect your seizures or the effectiveness of your medication.

Information about the risk of seizures and pain relief available for women with epilepsy during childbirth.

Over 90% of women with epilepsy will have a healthy baby. A higher dose of folic acid is recommended for pregnant women with epilepsy.

Information for women with epilepsy about breastfeeding including concerns about passing medication to the baby.

Ideas for parents who have seizures to help keep them and their baby or child safe.

Information on guidance (January 2016) issued by the MHRA on prescribing sodium valproate.

If you are concerned that your child or children may have problems caused by sodium valproate in the uterus, please contact your GP or doctor to discuss the issues.

Are you receiving the right information?

Our sodium valproate survey showed us that almost 70% of the women surveyed haven't received new safety warnings about the dangers of taking it during pregnancy. Read the sodium valproate guidelines

Girls and women under 50, are you taking sodium valproate? Please read about this important information...