The journey from planning a pregnancy through bringing your baby home can be both exciting and stressful. Research shows that people with epilepsy can have safe, healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. Work with your healthcare team to manage your epilepsy and pregnancy to create plans to support you before and during pregnancy, during delivery, and after you have your baby.
Living with Epilepsy
Whether you are newly diagnosed or have been living with epilepsy for years, learn how to manage your epilepsy, which is especially important if you are planning to get pregnant.
Planning for a Safe & Healthy Pregnancy
Learn how, with careful planning, people with epilepsy can have safe, healthy pregnancies and healthy babies.
Having a Safe Pregnancy & Delivery
Learn how someone with epilepsy, working closely with their healthcare team, can have a healthy pregnancy and safely deliver their baby.
Epilepsy Diagnosis & Living With Epilepsy
Your Epilepsy Diagnosis
Learn about the importance of confirming an epilepsy diagnosis before becoming pregnant so that you can create a plan that supports the health of you and your baby.
Your Epilepsy Care Team
Learn what an epilepsy care team is, who it should include, and how to build an effective one to help manage and support you throughout your full pregnancy journey.
Epilepsy & Birth Control
Learn how choosing the right birth control is important for sexually active people with epilepsy due to the effects that anti-seizure medications can have on different methods.
Folic Acid & Other Supplements
Learn about the importance of folic acid and other supplements to support a healthy pregnancy for people with epilepsy.
Pregnancy Planning With Epilepsy
Planning Your Pregnancy
Learn why planning for pregnancy is important for people with epilepsy and how to do so.
Choosing an Obstetrician for Pregnancy Care
Learn how to choose an obstetrician that can help with epilepsy, the difference between an OB and a gynecologist, and the type of care you can expect from an OB-GYN.
Fertility & Epilepsy
Research shows fertility is not affected by epilepsy. Explore fertility treatment options and see how your care team can support you in becoming pregnant.
Babies & Development
Learn more about how certain anti-seizure medications can affect child development and how switching your ASMs prior to pregnancy can support your baby's health.
Heredity & Epilepsy
Learn about the hereditary characteristics of epilepsy, the low chances of passing it to your child, and the possibility of genetic counseling.
Pregnancy & Delivery With Epilepsy
Learn how to work with your care team to manage your pregnancy by monitoring and adjusting anti-seizure medications in order to maintain seizure stability and support the health of you and your baby.
Pregnancy Monitoring of Anti-seizure Medication
Learn about why you may need to adjust your anti-seizure medication dose during pregnancy, and how you can work with your doctor to monitor your medication levels to maintain seizure stability.
Epilepsy & Unplanned Pregnancy
Learn what to do for an unplanned pregnancy, including monitoring and/or adjusting your anti-seizure medication and taking folic acid to support the health of you and your baby.
Seizure Stability & Pregnancy
Learn about maintaining seizure stability during pregnancy, changes to your anti-seizure medication, and what to do if you have a seizure while pregnant.
Postpartum & Epilepsy
Breastfeeding & Epilepsy
Learn how breastfeeding can be safe for people with epilepsy and where you can get support on choosing the right feeding method for you and your baby.
Learn about postpartum care, including considerations for breastfeeding, safety, sleep, and managing your seizures to support the health of you and your baby.
Tapering Anti-seizure Medication
Learn why you may need a higher dosage of your anti-seizure medication during pregnancy and how to create a plan with your care team to taper back down to your pre-pregnancy dose after delivery.