By Stacey Chillemi
Nearly 2.5 million humans within the U.S. be afflicted by epilepsy; of those, multiple million are girls of child-bearing age. With issues approximately every thing from medication-related start defects to falls in the course of seizures, a lot of those girls are terrified of having little ones. the excellent news is that, with right prenatal care, greater than ninety% will convey fit infants. Epilepsy and being pregnant offers readers the elemental evidence they should support them make clinical judgements all through preconception, being pregnant, hard work, supply, and the early days after childbirth. issues comprise preconception, fertility, being pregnant hazards, dangers to the fetus, foodstuff, retaining healthy, what to anticipate while pregnant, fetal improvement, and exertions and supply. additionally, the publication comprises directions for using antiepileptic medications while pregnant, innovations and inquiries to ask their neurologist, advised day-by-day allowances by way of age workforce, thesaurus, and masses extra. Epilepsy and being pregnant is a necessary consultant for any lady who suffers from epilepsy and needs to have a toddler.
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Ginger can also be used liberally in cooking both sweet and savory dishes. 38 EPILEPSY AND PREGNANCY ❖ Acupressure can also be very effective. Several studies, including those published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine and the Journal of Nurse Midwifery, show that pressure on the pericardium 6 (or P6) point can provide fairly quick relief from nausea, although it may not help to reduce vomiting. To find this point, place your hand palm up and measure two thumb widths above the most prominent wrist crease; P6 is just above this point, in line with your middle finger.
This lack of understanding points out the necessity of being your own advocate. Ask questions when you see your doctors and make sure you receive the best possible medical care. Conclusions GUIDELINES FOR PHYSICIANS AND OTHER HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS 1. Use the most effective antiepileptic drug in monotherapy at the lowest possible dose. 2. If there is a family history of neural tube defects and there are acceptable treatment alternatives, avoid valproate (Depakote) and carbamazepine (Tegretol).
After the first 3 months of pregnancy, it’s best to avoid exercising while lying on your back, since the weight of the baby may interfere with blood circulation. Also, try to avoid long periods of standing. When the weather is hot, exercise in the early morning or late evening so that you don’t become worked up. If you are exercising indoors, make sure the room has enough ventilation. It is a good idea to keep yourself cool and perhaps to have a portable fan by your side. Drink plenty of fluids, even if you do not feel thirsty, and make sure that you are eating a well-balanced diet.
Epilepsy And Pregnancy by Stacey Chillemi