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Dr. John Landi
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Can epilepsy medicine affect a pregnancy?

Can epilepsy medicine affect a pregnancy?

Medicine and pregnan: Yes, medicines for epilepsy (anticonvulsants) carry with them a risk of birth defects. The safest medicines are lamotrigine and levetiracetam, the worst (most risky) medicine to take during pregnancy is valproate. There is also risk of having a seizure during pregnancy. Often some kind of medicine is a good idea, if it is needed, to prevent seizures during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Do people with epilepsy often have problems in pregnancy?

Do people with epilepsy often have problems in pregnancy?

No: Epileptics can get pregnant, and have normal kids most of the time but 1-epilepsy drugs affect hormones slightly 2-hormones affect epilepsy drugs slightly 3-epilepsy cause slightly higher birth defects slightly 4-epilepsy drugs can cause birth defects slightly. ...Read more

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What problems can someone with epilepsy have during pregnancy?

Varies: As the mother gains size and weight, the anti-epileptic medication dosing will require modification. Meds must be continued throughout in view of risk of convulsion and miscarriage. Some medications do cause risk to the baby and perhaps these should be changed prior to pregnancy. ...Read more

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If I have epilepsy, is it possible to have a successful pregnancy and healthy baby?

If I have epilepsy, is it possible to have a successful pregnancy and healthy baby?

Yes: But recognize that presence of epilepsy medication can increase odds of fetal malformations. However, safer to take your anti-epileptic drug to prevent convulsion, which could harm baby. ...Read more

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Can you have a normal pregnancy and healthy baby if you have an epilepsy disorder?

Can you have a normal pregnancy and healthy baby if you have an epilepsy disorder?

Yes: Yes you can. The most important questions your OB will ask is what medications are you on and when was your last siezure. Ideally, you'll want to be on as few anticonvusants as possible (one is preferable) and will need extra folate (folic acid) depending on your medications. Please see your physician for preconception counseling to iron out all these issues and best of luck to you. ...Read more

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M suffering from epilepsy. couple of day before I had my pregnancy test and it was positive.i want to ask about precautions. and what deit I shud take?

M suffering from epilepsy. couple of day before I had my pregnancy test and it was positive.i want to ask about precautions. and what deit I shud take?

A few things to know: If you're pregnant then, there's clearly a need for you to start immediately taking prenatal vitamin, folic acid (5mg/day), & to make sure you are compliant on your seizure meds. There's no special diet you need to worry about but you should eat at least 3 HEALTHY meals daily & a healthy snack or 2. Do not skip meals as this can trigger seizures. Make sure your neurologist knows you're pregnant. ...Read more

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Does the treatment for epilepsy (depalept 500) affect in any ways getting pregnant and the pregnancy itself?

Does the treatment for epilepsy (depalept 500) affect in any ways getting pregnant and the pregnancy itself?

Difficult : Valproate will not interfere with you getting pregnant but may harm the fetus so it is not recommended to be taken by women trying to get pregnant. ...Read more

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I do not like Taking Lamotrigine for my epilepsy during pregnancy Is láser surgery safer?

I do not like Taking Lamotrigine for my epilepsy during pregnancy Is láser surgery safer?

No: With epilepsy surgery there is a good chance you might still need to take anticonvulsant medication. Lamictal is relatively safe. 2-3 % risk of major birth defect (same as general population) Slight increase in cleft lip and palate is offset by taking high dose (1-4 mg) of folate (folic acid) during reproductive years. Breast feeding is encouraged even though 50 percent of Lamictal can pass though breast milk. ...Read more

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Epilepsy, pregnancy i want to have children, my partner had epilepsy , he is claiming that when he was 10 years old he was cured by going to church and it is about 32 years that he doesn't have epilepsy and deosnt use dlantin and tegretol, he also claimed

Epilepsy, pregnancy i want to have children, my partner had epilepsy , he is claiming that when he was 10 years old he was cured by going to church and it is about 32 years that he doesn't have epilepsy and deosnt use dlantin and tegretol, he also claimed

He's wrong: Epilepsy isn't always a cut-and-dried diagnosis. If your partner really did have epilepsy, he wasn't cured in church. He grew out of his epilepsy. It happens all the time with primary generalized epilepsy; rarely if ever with partial epilepsy. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Epilepsy (Definition)

A neurological disorder where nerve cells of the brain are injured, epilepsy results in seizures that range from nearly undetectable to extremely vigorous. Epileptic seizures may occasionally result in loss of consciousness and confusion. Causes of epilepsy include genetics, head trauma, prenatal ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Seizure Disorder (Definition)

Seizure disorder also known as epilepsy, is a neurological condition in which the brain's abnormal electrical activity causes muscular convulsions and altered mental states. Epilepsy is diagnosed when an individual has ...Read more