Seizures in Pregnancy

Submitted by Jenifer on April 24, 2013

A pregnancy is probably one of the biggest highlights of a woman's life and although a mother holding her baby in her arms is always a joyous occasion, the significant pain and suffering that she has to endure through the entire 9 month term cannot be understated. There are some substantial changes in factors within the body such as the hormonal levels, changes in appearance and dimensions of the body happen in a very short period of time. Because of the very sensitive condition that the body is in at this time, there are also a number of medical conditions and infections that it is susceptible to. Seizures during pregnancy, for instance, are not a very common occurrence, but will affect the body to a significant extent when they do occur.


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Epilepsy is a condition that is responsible for the seizures during pregnancy and studies have shown that about 1,00,000 women of childbearing age within the United States of America suffer from the condition. The hormonal changes as well as medication that a woman may be asked to take will all contribute to the development of a seizure during pregnancy.

The primary seizures during pregnancy symptoms include the loss of consciousness, making it a very serious condition to suffer from while pregnant.

Some of the serious risks of seizures during pregnancy include swallowing of the tongue, failure of the left ventricle in the heart as well as the development of severe hypertension. Along with seizures during pregnancy, you could also have a high grade fever. death due to prematurity or intrauterine asphyxia.

Studies have shown that women suffering from epilepsy generally have about a 90% chance of having a normal and healthy baby. The percentage ratio of a woman suffering from epilepsy giving birth to a baby with some malformation is much the same as any other woman - with some of the more common types of malformation including neural tube defects, a cleft lip as well as congenital defects that affect the heart. There is also a significant amount of evidence to suggest that a high amount of medication being used to treat the condition is also likely to have an adverse effect when it comes to a pregnancy. As a result, it is very important to check with your doctor about any of the medications that you take and identify if any of them are likely to affect your pregnancy.

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