Epilepsy and pregnancy
Nowadays having epilepsy is no longer usually a reason not to have children of your own. Most expectant mothers with epilepsy progress through pregnancy largely without problem.
Important note: It is important to discuss starting a family with your neurologist well in advance, if possible two years before a planned pregnancy. This is particularly relevant to girls and young women taking valproate (trade names include Depakine and Orfiril), and probably also for topiramate. – See the base of this page for more information regarding valproate.
As contraceptives can interact with anti-epileptic drugs, women should also consult their neurologist if they need to take them.
Info video “Epilepsy and pregnancy”
Most women with epilepsy can have children without complications – but must plan ahead.