For many years, I was in denial and I felt sorry for myself. Finally, I joined a research group because I was desperate to find that magic drug that would help me control my seizures. I looked around and saw people with epilepsy who had brain damage caused by the number of seizures they were experiencing, people so drugged up that they could not talk, and people having up to sixty seizures a day, some an hour and a half long.
What I am trying to say, is because each woman's disorder is different, depending on the type of epilepsy, they have, past medical history and their families past medical history, each woman's pregnancy will be different. This is why you need to consult with your doctor and see if it is a good idea to have children
I will never let having epilepsy bring me down. I always carry a positive attitude. I take life day by day and l live life to the fullest. Yes, I have limitations in my life. Nevertheless, I refuse to let my disorder interfere with my life.
If you are thinking about pregnancy…
- Discuss the pregnancy with your spouse. Decide if pregnancy is right for you.
- Discuss getting pregnant with your epileptologist
- Plan the pregnancy
- Eat Healthy – Your baby eats what you eat and your body will perform better if you eat healthy so you want to make sure that you eat healthy and consume enough of nutrients and protein for you and your baby. Remember your baby is developing inside of you. In order for the baby to be healthy the baby needs to use your nutrients and protein in your body, so you need to make sure that you eat healthy and consume more nutrients and proteins than you normally did before you were pregnant.
- Get Plenty of Sleep and Relaxation - Getting enough sleep is very important because when you are pregnant the baby takes a lot out of you. The baby is using your food supply nutrients ECT, as we just mentioned. It is common to be fatigued, but when you are feel drained and run downed you are more likely to have a seizure, so plenty of rest is important during pregnancy.
- Take Vitamins Prescribed by Your Doctor - During your pregnancy it is very important for you to take vitamin supplements and folic acid (a B vitamin), which can help prevent certain kinds of birth defects. Taking these vitamins before you get pregnant will help you.
- See your doctor regularly
- Track your seizures: Epilepsy.com is an excellent web site that provides an outstanding seizure diary program. You can find their seizure diary program at epilepsy.com/seizurediary
- Report increases in seizures to your doctor
- Communicate well and follow your doctor's advice