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Any Women Epileptic’s Seizures Change After Having Kids? If So, Did It Get Worst Or Better?

Any Women Epileptic’s Seizures Change After Having Kids? If So, Did It Get Worst Or Better?

A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

To be honest I'm not really sure on what to say. Only maybe like my sister oh but not really, cause when she was carrying my last niece, her daughter. My sister had difficulties. She was overweight which may have had a lot to do with it. She developed like epileptic seizures during her pregnancy. But afterwards she is fine and has not had anymore. And that has been 24 years ago or so.

posted 7 months ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

Do you take birth control? I’ve heard they can interfere also. I couldn’t take them at all but that was in the ‘70’s and they now have different ones they can maybe try. I never really went through menopause so I’m really not much help there at all. I have a daughter that had problems with hers and tried her on a couple different ones till they found one she could take. All my girl friends say the hormones can really mess with you! I hope you get to feeling better soon!

posted 6 months ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

Hormone changes can affect seizures so much. Some have high levels of estrogen, testosterone or progesterone. Mine are high estrogen levels. Was looking forward to menopause but no luck. My brain started making its own kind of like a 2nd puberty but no periods. It's amazing what our brains can do. Estrogen is essential to brain function-testosterone is converted to estrogen before being absorbed by the brain. As you said sometimes pregnancy can cause changes in seizures-why/how is just unknown. But everyone is different so all our hormones are too

posted 7 months ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

My epilepsy actually was very calm throughout my entire pregnancy and the first like three or four years of my daughter's life and it wasn't until she was about four or five years old that I started having some pretty serious seizures and she has Asperger's and I don't know if it's the result of me taking my medication during my pregnancy or if it's just a direct link to genetics but she's extremely intelligent and she has saved my life and she's always been there for my seizures and now she's going to be an adult on her own so I'm excited for her but scared to death for me

posted 7 months ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

I had a cousin who had tonic/ clonics ( it wasn't talked about back in the day ) Apparently they stopped completely when she became pregnant .I was diagnosed aged 21.(1978) I had a few tonic/clonics including one 6 weeks away from having my first child in 1985 I was then given Tegretol & went on to have 2 more children I was a stay at home mum for 14 years My seizures were well controlled,just as well as my husband worked away a lot.(We moved here in 1998 They changed in type & frequency then ) .The care for ladies who want to have children MUST be better than it was back in the late 1980's.Good luck ,be guided by the professionals x

posted 7 months ago
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