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Is it safe to take anticonvulsants during pregnancy?

John Preston, PsyD
Psychology
There is a risk of birth defects when taking anticonvulsants during pregnancy (especially the first trimester). This can happen with all anticonvulsants taken for bipolar disorder, except Lamictal. Most psychiatrists do not prescribe these medications during pregnancy. Breastfeeding is not recommended when taking anticonvulsants.
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