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Posted by Diane on December 05, 2000 at 21:51:19:

In Reply to: pregnant posted by Sara Keilman on October 21, 2000 at 08:38:55:

: Hello. I recently found out that my husband and I are expecting our first child. I am currently on tegretol and I am very concerned about the health of the baby. I have been taking a lot of extra folic acid, but the concern still lies. I was wondering if there is anybody out there that has been or is on tegretol while pregnant

Hi Sara
I too am pregnant, expecting my third child. My first and this child both have cleft palates. I am not completely convinced that the medication was the sole factor. I have a hereditary factor as well. I have a brother and sister each with clefts. Chances are increased when you take any anti-convulsant, but that doesn't mean for certain your child will have a cleft. I've spoken with a number of women on anti-convulsants who had perfectly healthy children. My prayers are with you. Good luck!!! Enjoy your pregnancy! It's an incredible experience!!



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