A pregnant woman fears for the health of her baby after a specialist told her a prescription drug she was taking was safe to use despite research showing it could cause cognitive problems in her newborn.

The reassurance was given in March, two days after Medsafe issued updated guidelines recommending it should not be used for mental health reasons while pregnant. The drug was also not to be used during pregnancy for epilepsy, its main use, unless there was no alternative.

Hope Plews, 27, had been taking Epilim, also known as sodium valproate, for about two years to help manage

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