We chose to participate to help support research regarding mothers soon-to-be, or expecting who are managing epilepsy and the effects this may or may not have on unborn children.

– Jess


There Are Other Women Like You

There are other women like you who are of childbearing age and take one or more antiepileptic drug, also known as anticonvulsants. These medications are used to treat epilepsy or other conditions such as pain or mood disorders.

Moms-to-be, or those planning their pregnancies, typically want to know, “Is my medication safe during pregnancy for my baby?” Many of these drugs are safe, but more information is needed to be sure. Doctors are learning more and more each day about these medications. Doctors need as much information as possible so they can more confidently answer questions about the drugs’ safety during pregnancy.

With more information from volunteers like you, doctors can make informed decisions when treating mothers’ conditions during pregnancy. The North American AED (Antiepileptic Drug) Pregnancy Registry is collecting this information to help find the answers now. Every pregnant woman who enrolls with the Registry helps to expand our knowledge and insight. It’s easy to participate – just 3 phone calls – and EVERY woman who enrolls counts!

As of September 2023, there were 14,854 women enrolled in our Registry. All of these women want to help find the answers. We hope you will too! Referrals are a proven source of growth for the NAAED Pregnancy Registry and we are always grateful when participants spread the word to their pregnant friends and associates. By enrolling as many pregnant women as possible, the Registry will be able to give doctors a clearer picture of which medications are safest for mothers and the babies they carry.

By enrolling in the Registry and sharing your experiences, you will be contributing to a brighter future for mothers and babies. Your willingness to help the expectant mothers of tomorrow is greatly appreciated.