Three days after the normal delivery of my 3rd child, I have several
grand mal siezures. I was on medication for 2 years. Took my self
off medication when I realized I was again pregnant and did fine as
far as the seizures go for the entire 9 months. After a difficult
ceasarian delivery of my son, on the following day I once again went
into grand mal siezures. I am back on the dilantin at a higher dosage.
I have not seen a neurologist since the first set of seizures. My family
doctor takes care of my medication levels. I was just wondering if ther
is a connection between child birth and seizures. I have had times in
my past when I would pass out if I was sick, worn out or run down but no grand
mal seizures. I was on dilantin as a child for several years for this problem.
I am 38 years old and my son is now 10 months old. Does age filter into
this situation. By the way I also have 2 teenagers and had no seizures at their birth.
One birth was a very hard one though. I don't like being on this medication and want off.
I do not plan on having any more children, I have 3 beautiful daughters and a fine
son. I look forward to hearing your opinion. Thank You. Cathy
There is a specific, pregnancy-related cause for sizures both during and immediately after pregnancy: Eclampsia. This is most common with first pregnancies and recurrence is uncommon.
Grand mal seizures can be triggered by changes in hormone levels: hence menstrual periods, postpartum interval, menopause, starting/stopping hormonal medications are all times when seizure activity may be reawakened. Pregnancy, because the hormonal environment is rich in progesterone, an agent known to calm seizure activity, is often a time of few seizures and postpartum when the hormone vanishes a time of increased seizure activity.
Discussion with a neurologist who has interest in seizure (there are neurologists who specialize in epilepsy) may be helpful.
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