Most women with epilepsy have a healthy pregnancy, but there are some risks linked to epilepsy medication that should be discussed with you before trying to conceive.
Doctors in the UK have been already been advised not to prescribe valproate to girls and women who could get pregnant or who are pregnant, unless other epilepsy medicines don't suit them. Valproate medicines include sodium valproate (Epilim, Depakote) and valproic acid (Convulex). If you’re taking valproate and want to get pregnant, it’s important to speak to your GP before stopping your medication.
Following a review by The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), women who are currently having treatment for epilepsy are being asked to discuss their treatment with a healthcare professional, to ensure their medication is right for them. This is important if you are planning to become pregnant or if you think you may become pregnant in the future.
The MHRA advice is clear that you should not stop taking your current medication without discussing it first with a healthcare professional.