3 doctors weighed in:

Can epilepsy medication have adverse effects on the baby?

3 doctors weighed in
Dr. William Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: All have risk.

During pregnancy your blood level of seizure medication causes a blood level in the baby.
All aeds have risk for malformation and development problems. Just having epilepsy also increases risks. However, having seizures while pregnant is even worse. Take your usual med, take folate, (folic acid) and get frequent checkups.

In brief: All have risk.

During pregnancy your blood level of seizure medication causes a blood level in the baby.
All aeds have risk for malformation and development problems. Just having epilepsy also increases risks. However, having seizures while pregnant is even worse. Take your usual med, take folate, (folic acid) and get frequent checkups.
Dr. William Goldie
Dr. William Goldie
Thank

In brief: Yes

Most antiepileptics increase the rate of birth defects when used in the first trimester, but the overall rate is still fairly low (increases from baseline of about 1% to about 3%).
Importantly, antiepileptics may still be required if there are uncontrolled seizures. One can't avoid them if one is seizing without them. Uncontrolled seizures are more dangerous than the drugs.

In brief: Yes

Most antiepileptics increase the rate of birth defects when used in the first trimester, but the overall rate is still fairly low (increases from baseline of about 1% to about 3%).
Importantly, antiepileptics may still be required if there are uncontrolled seizures. One can't avoid them if one is seizing without them. Uncontrolled seizures are more dangerous than the drugs.
Dr. Nicholas Fogelson
Dr. Nicholas Fogelson
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Board Certified, Pediatrics
13 years in practice
837K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors