U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 27-year-old member asked:

What can i do in pregnancy to help prevent autism?

4 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
A Verified Doctoranswered
A US doctor answeredLearn more
No data: We really do not know what causes autism. Part of the rise in autism may be due to better recognition and more frequent diagnosis rather than a true increase in the number of cases.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Do Not Know: The causes of autistic spectrum disorder are unknown, thus prevention is also unknown.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Get your "flu" shot,: Not flu-mist, when your OB okays it, usually 2nd trimester, if you didn't get one this year & try to avoid people with acute viral illnesses. Don't drink alcohol, smoke or use drugs. Take your folate (folic acid) to prevent neural tube defects. Maintain a healthy diet to prevent excessive weight gain, high blood pressure, gesrational diabetes & follow your ob's instructions to lower risk of premature delivery.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
May be too late: Recent data suggest over half of these are due to misinformation encoded in the DNA that would be present in the egg or sperm before conception. How they happened is a mystery, but it points out the value of avoiding toxic exposures during every day of your life.Avoiding drugs/alcohol/illness are things you can do to avoid other issues, but this one may not be preventable with today's technology.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Oct 3, 2016

People also asked

Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.