Women with preexisting epilepsy can sustain a pregnancy and deliver a healthy baby. However, your pregnancy must be closely monitored, and your drug regimen may need to be adjusted. Some types of medication used to treat epilepsy increase the risk of birth defects such as cleft lip/palate, so it is crucial for women with preexisting epilepsy to consult with their doctors before conceiving. Changes in medications, vitamin supplements, and diet may be necessary.
Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.
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