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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.

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

New regulations have been introduced by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) around the way in which the drug, sodium valproate is prescribed to women and girls of childbearing age. 

Information about and concerns around the anti-epileptic drug sodium valproate.

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

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.

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

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