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    epilepsy meds and pregnancy
    Anon_153941 posted:
    Hi, My daughter (age 18) is about 14 wks pregnant and has been off her meds since she became pregnant (she did this without drs advice)
    and now she is having seizures becoming more severe that yesterday she ended up hospitalized and her neurologist is putting her on iv seizure meds and giving her lamictal to take. Since she is in her 2nd trimester, he says the risks are lower and that her seizures are a
    higher risk for her and her baby's health. Can anyone tell me about
    Lamictal and if they have taken it during pregnancy and had a normal
    pregnancy or if there were birth defects??? THanks for any info on this
    hootyowl2 responded:
    Hi Anon,

    I would agree with the doctor here. I do not personally know about the meds and pregnancy, but seizures can kill you, especially the grand mal types. My one DIL lost a sister to a first grand mal in her sleep. The sister was about 20 when it happened to her the first and only time. A boy I knew as a child also died of a grand mal seizure, they are very serious.

    I hope all is well with your daughter and your grandbaby, that it will be healthy when born. this has other links for information that may be helpful for you and your daughter.


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