Narcolepsy and Maternal Health: Fact Sheet


Published 8/30/22
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Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological disorder that affects the brain’s ability to regulate sleep-wake cycles, resulting in  persistent and excessive daytime sleepiness and, in the case of Narcolepsy Type 1 (NT1), also cataplexy (the sudden loss of muscle tone that can be triggered by strong emotions).

Certain sleep disorders, like narcolepsy, affect women differently throughout their lifespan, including in preparation for pregnancy and motherhood.

The fact sheet, Narcolepsy and Maternal Health, was created by the Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) to help support women living with narcolepsy who are considering planning for a family and to guide them in early conversations with their health care providers about how symptoms and treatments may impact conception, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and parenting.

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