Strike action will be taking place from 7am Saturday 24 February 2024 to Thursday 28 February 2024. Please continue to attend your appointments unless you are contacted and told otherwise.

The strike action may mean our A&E is a lot busier than usual, which means the waiting times will be longer. If you need help which is not life threatening, please use 111, Pharmacies, GPs or Urgent Treatment Centres. Thank you for your understanding during this period.

Epilepsy and pregnancy

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Sodium Valproate (also known as Epilim, Episenta or Depakote) is linked to significant harm to the unborn child when taken in pregnancy.

Women taking valproate should read the Valporate booklet below.

I'm thinking of having a baby, what do I need to know?

Please discuss your pregnancy plans with your epilepsy specialist before stopping contraception and becoming pregnant.

It is important to continue taking your anti-epilepsy medication during pregnancy, unless advised otherwise by your specialist, to reduce the risk of seizures causing harm to you and your baby.

Arrange to see your GP for a referral if you do not have an epilepsy specialist.

If your pregnancy is unplanned, continue taking your medication and seek advice.

Women taking sodium valproate (epilim, episenta, depakote) should seek urgent medical advice before becoming pregnant or in the event of an unplanned pregnancy.

Women with epilepsy should take 5mg of folic acid daily. This is recommended because of the slightly increased risk of physical problems.

Can my epilepsy be passed on to my baby?

There are rare situations where epliepsy can be passed on to your baby but in most cases the risk is generally low.

If you are concerned about this, you can find more information by clicking here.

UK Epilepsy and Pregnancy Registry

We encourage all women with epilepsy taking anti-epileptic medication to register with the UK Epilepsy and Pregnancy Registry.

If you wish to register your pregnancy please Tel: (0800) 389 1248 or visit:

Alternatively you can text 'Join' to: 0758509789.