Approximately 2.5 million people in the U.S. suffer from epilepsy; of these, more than one million are women of child-bearing age. With concerns about everything from medication-related birth defects to falls during seizures, many of these women are fearful of having children. The good news is that, with proper prenatal care, more than 90% will deliver healthy babies.Epilepsy and Pregnancy gives readers the basic facts they need to help them make medical decisions throughout preconception, pregnancy, labor, delivery, and the early days after childbirth. Topics include preconception, fertility, pregnancy risks, risks to the fetus, nutrition, keeping fit, what to expect during pregnancy, fetal development, and labor and delivery.
In addition, the book includes guidelines for the use of antiepileptic drugs during pregnancy, recommendations, and questions to ask their neurologist, recommended daily allowances by age group, glossary, and much more. Epilepsy and Pregnancy is an essential guide for any woman who suffers from epilepsy and desires to have a child.
Risks of Pregnancy
Risks to the Baby
What to Do to Protect Yourself and Your Baby
Keeping Fit during Pregnancy
What to Expect When You’re Pregnant
Labor and Delivery
Taking Care of Yourself after Childbirth
A Few Words from the Author
Organizations to Contact for Help
The AED Pregnancy Registry: Questions and Answers