Hypothyroidism (under active thyroid) during pregnancy affects about 0.5% of women. Thyroid hormone is needed for babies brain development. In the first trimester of pregnancy the baby is completely dependent on the mother for the production of thyroid hormone.
The first thing to say is that if you have epilepsy, the most likely thing is that you will have a healthy pregnancy with a good outcome for you and your baby. There are a few things to think of in advance.
Pregnancy and after the birth of your baby are unique opportunities to embrace healthy lifestyle choices including a healthy diet and regular exercise. This is especially important if your BMI is >25.
Gestational diabetes means diabetes diagnosed for the first time in pregnancy and resolving after delivery. It affects about 10% of women. It is increasing in prevalence, probably due to the increase in obesity and older age of pregnant women. Screening for gestational diabetes is recommended for women based on risk factors.
So if you have high blood pressure or pre-eclampsia during your pregnancy you might wonder what happens after you have your baby. For most women blood pressure problems start to resolve after delivery and by 6 weeks postnatally you will be off all medications and have normal blood pressure.