You have probably heard about this on the news, or seen it in other forms, but in case you have missed it, I felt it important to do an update. This information came out in Apr 18 from MHRA.
Valproate is contraindicated for any reason, unless a Pregnancy Prevention Programme is in place (see below).
It is also contraindicated in pregnancy. The only exception is in epilepsy where it may not be feasible to change medications.