Category: "Pregnancy"

Spontaneous Fetal Loss Risk Doubled for Women with Epilepsy

Spontaneous Fetal Loss Risk Doubled for Women with Epilepsy

Unplanned pregnancy in women who have epilepsy may double the risk for spontaneous fetal loss, according to a new study. Investigators from the Harvard Neuroendocrine Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, examined the Epilepsy Birth Control Registry (EBCR) in order to determine whether a planned pregnancy is a determinant for spontaneous fetal loss […]

Childhood Seizures After Phototherapy

Childhood Seizures After Phototherapy

A follow-up study of Danish babies with neonatal hyperbilirubinaemia* who had been treated with phototherapy discovered a modest increase in the risk of childhood epilepsy. The finding has now been replicated in a large database analysis from the United States. Phototherapy is associated with an increase in the likelihood of epilepsy by 30% to 40% […]

Just the right dose: antiepileptic drug clearance changes during pregnancy

Just the right dose: antiepileptic drug clearance changes during pregnancy

Study finds significant changes in how seizure medications are metabolized during the different trimesters of pregnancy BRIGHAM AND WOMEN’S HOSPITAL During pregnancy, the numerous physiological changes a woman’s body undergoes can alter the way medications are metabolized, the rate at which they are cleared, and their overall effectiveness. Many women continue taking antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) […]

Unplanned Pregnancy May Double Miscarriage Risk in Epilepsy Patients

Unplanned Pregnancy May Double Miscarriage Risk in Epilepsy Patients

The rate of miscarriage was doubled in women with epilepsy whose pregnancies were unplanned, a survey of Epilepsy Birth Control Registry participants found. Among women with epilepsy, spontaneous fetal loss occurred in 35% of unplanned versus 16% of planned pregnancies, reported Andrew Herzog, MD, MSc, of Beth Israel Medical Center in Boston, and colleagues in JAMA Neurology. “This […]

Folate May Limit Language Delays in Kids of Epileptic Women

Folate May Limit Language Delays in Kids of Epileptic Women

Not using folic acid before and during pregnancy increased risks substantially. Supplemental folic acid before pregnancy and during the first trimester may limit language development problems in children exposed to anti-epileptic drugs in utero. Note that the study suggests that beginning supplemental folic acid prior to pregnancy and continuing it through at least the first […]

Epilepsy does not impact likelihood of pregnancy

Epilepsy does not impact likelihood of pregnancy

Women with epilepsy, without previous infertility and related disorders, who were attempting to get pregnant were as likely to conceive as their counterparts without epilepsy, according to findings recently published in JAMA Neurology. “Prior studies report lower birth rates for women with epilepsy but have been unable to differentiate between biological and social contributions,” Page […]

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