For a long while researchers have said that women with epilepsy can have a safe pregnancy, so long as they...
For a long while researchers have said that women with epilepsy can have a safe pregnancy, so long as they follow some basic safety guidelines. Now there's even more good news for women with epilepsy. New research published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology you can most likely take your seizure medication even if you're breastfeeding your baby. While researchers agree that more research is needed, the current findings relate that taking most epilepsy medications while breastfeeding will not later negatively affect a child's IQ. The women tested were taking the drugs carbamazepine, lamotrigine, phenytoin, or valproate. Valproate did bring IQ scores down, but the American Academy of Neurology already recommend that women avoid valproate during pregnancy due to risks of birth defects and effects on cognitive skills. The other epilepsy medications appeared to be safe while breastfeeding. This is an important study as many women are counseled not to breastfeed while taking epilepsy medications. However, as we know, benefits of breastfeeding are many for both mama and baby, so being able to breastfeed in spite of epilepsy is a very good thing.

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