You might have heard that women with epilepsy can’t get pregnant. That’s not true. Women with epilepsy can get pregnant. However, they’re more likely to be infertile than other women without epilepsy, so it’s true that getting pregnant can be challenging for some women with epilepsy.
Lots of people with epilepsy think they can’t safely get pregnant. But most women with epilepsy can have safe and healthy pregnancies.
Lots of people worry that having epilepsy might make it hard to be a parent. They worry about having seizures while they’re taking care of a child and not being able to balance taking care of their own health while looking out for a child.
Though having epilepsy might make parenting more challenging, it’s important to remember you can be a great mom! Some moms with epilepsy point out how helpful it is to have help raising kids from their families and friends, which is true for women who don’t have epilepsy too. If you’re thinking about becoming a mom or have kids, it might be helpful to hear from other moms with epilepsy.
You will need to think through the pros and cons of abortion, adoption, and parenting.
If you’re not ready to have a child, abortion is an option. Abortion is safe, common, and legal. The National Abortion Federation can give you information about abortion, and help you find out where to get an abortion and how to pay for it.
If you would like to be a parent or want to consider adoption, talk to your doctor right away about ways to take care of your health for the rest of your pregnancy.
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