Using Anticonvulsants During Pregnancy May Change Baby’s Head Shape

Mom’s Epilepsy Meds May Alter Infant Head Shape

"Women who use anticonvulsants during pregnancy may increase the risk of delivering an infant with a rare condition called craniostenosis, a study hints.

"The skull consists of five thin, curved, bony plates that meet along lines called sutures. At birth, the bony plates of the skull are not completely joined along the sutures. This allows the baby’s head and brain to grow and develop after birth. After age 2, the sutures begin to close so that the bones can join or fuse together."

Researchers noted that women who take antidepressants may also have an increased risk for delivering babies with this condition.

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