I went to the hospital due to seizures and found out I was also pregnant!
Your doctor may need to review the medicine you take for the seizures ... the link below has information about taking lamotrigine during pregnancy. There are risks and using it while pregnant your doctor has to weigh risks verses benefit.
I have a four year old son. I am an epileptic and before I got pregnant I did a lot of reading about the potential impact on my unborn baby. I found that lamotrigine is less likely to cause birth defects than any other anti-convulsant (very similar to the statistics for people who take no medication - about 2%, but that includes every small defect not just major conditions). For me it was a good decision to stay on lamotrigine as a seizure had the potential to cause more damage to my baby. I don't take any other meds though so can't comment about them.
I am pleased to say that I have a happy healthy son, and had a totally normal pregnancy. Other women I have met have similar stories and I have not met anyone who has had any problems with lamotrigine.
The other issue is that lamotrigine could cause sleepiness in the baby from having lamotrigine in their body through breastfeeding. I think this is because if you stay on the same dosage after you have the baby the percentage of medication in your body mass changes (hope that makes sense) and this is passed on through breastfeeding. Sometimes doctors increase the dosage during pregnancy and reduce it after birth. I never changed my dosage at all though and I never had any problems. I have only seen it mentioned in articles as a very small possibility. I breastfed my son for two years.
What a blessing to be pregnant. Enjoy :-)
- Lamotrigine Information for Consumers
- Lamotrigine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lamotrigine (detailed)
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