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Could I have an epilectic seizure during labor and delivery?

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Seizures aren't common during labor and delivery, but they are a possibility.

By the time you're nine months pregnant, the blood volume in your body is 50% greater than it was before you got pregnant. This means that the antiseizure medications in your body will be more diluted.

You'll also be in pain and breathing hard during labor, which can increase the chance of a seizure.

Your doctor will be monitoring the levels of medication in your blood throughout your pregnancy, and might increase the dosage.

From: Women, Pregnancy, and Epilepsy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Epilepsy Foundation, Women and Epilepsy Initiative: "Pregnancy Issues."

Jacqueline French, MD, professor of neurology, NYU Langone Medical Center; co-director, Epilepsy Research and Epilepsy Clinical Trials, NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. 

Goetz, C. , Saunders, 2003.  Textbook of Clinical Neurology, 2nd ed.

Morrell M. , Oct. 15, 2002.  American Family Physician

Mark Yerby, MD, MPH, associate clinical professor of Neurology, Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon; founder, North Pacific Epilepsy Research, Portland.

Pennell, P. , April 2018. JAMA Neurology

Gedzelman, E.  April 2012. .

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 07, 2018

SOURCES:

Epilepsy Foundation, Women and Epilepsy Initiative: "Pregnancy Issues."

Jacqueline French, MD, professor of neurology, NYU Langone Medical Center; co-director, Epilepsy Research and Epilepsy Clinical Trials, NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. 

Goetz, C. , Saunders, 2003.  Textbook of Clinical Neurology, 2nd ed.

Morrell M. , Oct. 15, 2002.  American Family Physician

Mark Yerby, MD, MPH, associate clinical professor of Neurology, Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon; founder, North Pacific Epilepsy Research, Portland.

Pennell, P. , April 2018. JAMA Neurology

Gedzelman, E.  April 2012. .

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 07, 2018

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