Trying to conceive with Epilepsy

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   Posted 3/9/2015 7:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello, my name's Erica and i've had Epilepsy since I was 11...I will be 32 this year. I've been on Depakote ever since, now on the generic form. I recently got married and we want to try and have a baby. My neurologist has told me there's really no safe anti-seizure medicine I can take, I've had 5 seizures in 20 years, all the ones except for the very first one happened when I stopped taking my medicine. confused I'm scheduled for a sleep deprived EEG this Thursday to see if theres still seizure activity in my brain, hopefully there isn't... but if there is I will have to get off my meds to try and get pregnant and during pregnancy stay off them.... which also means I can't drive during that time (doctors orders,not by choice) I work close to home (I work @ Starbucks) and my biggest fear would be to have a seizure at work!! cry I'm hoping for the best... has anyone went thru this experience? Please share or comment with any advice or anything really, I'm super nervous and scared... thanks!!

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Date Joined May 2015
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   Posted 5/15/2015 2:18 PM (GMT -7)   
How did your EEG go? I know as a newlyrics we'd couple we want to have children but in your situation as your doctor has explained the risks are too grate for you and a new baby, not just with the medication but also your health and the health if the baby. I have done some research on the medications that are for seizures and they will either deform a child invitro or kill the baby before it has a chance. You subjecting yourself and your spouse to more heartaches and pain not to mention the medical costs to care for a child like that you would be better off adopting a child. There are so many children here in the states that need good parents and loving home that I'm sure you and your husband would be willing to provide so think about yourself and talk to your husband about being healthier parents to someone in need. Check with your local Child Protective Services and tell them your situation and ask them how you can help them help you.
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