Epilepsy during pregnancy has extremely special concerns. The delivery of a healthy baby, to a woman who has epilepsy is very common, however you might need a little special care throughout your pregnancy.
Seizures during pregnancy can affect you and your fetus in the following ways:
- Slowing of the fetal heart rate
- Decreased oxygen to the fetus
- Fetal injury, premature separation of the placenta from the uterus, or miscarriage due to trauma
- Preterm labor
- Premature labor
There are multiple ways to prepare for pregnancy when you are epileptic. It is important to schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider who will be handling your pregnancy process. Also, you should meet with other members of your healthcare team, such as a neurologist. It is highly important that you take your anti-seizure medication exactly as prescribed; do not adjust the dosage or stop taking your medication.
Likewise, it is imperative that you make healthy lifestyle choices such as:
- Have a healthy diet
- Take prenatal vitamins
- Get a good amount of sleep
- Avoid smoking, alcohol, illegal drugs and caffeine
Having a healthy, full-term pregnancy is common for those women that have epilepsy. If you are epileptic and pregnant or planning on getting pregnant please schedule an appointment with Complete Brain Center today. Our caring experts are here to help you throughout your entire process.