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Can Autism Be Detected During Pregnancy
Not that I know: I have not seen any research that shows a link between ultrasounds in pregnancy and autism. Ultrasound is a valuable tool to use in ob, (check dates, position of placenta, growth of baby), but sometimes it is overdone, because it is risk free, and parents like to see pictures, and drs. Like to 'make sure' they are not surprised. It's a wonderful tool, that sometimes is used to much imho. ...Read more
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
Maybe: Some of the toxins you inhale with every cigarette will enter your blood and travel thru the umbilical cord to baby. It is well documented that the newborn of a marijuana smoker will have a smaller skull volume ; the question of related learning problems has been difficult to sort out. Reliable data based on single agent exposure is not readily available. ...Read more
Is it true that if I eat a lot of gluten during my pregnancy that its a big possibility that my baby can be born wit autism or celiac disease?
Absolutely NOT: There is no truth to this rumor. ...Read more
Do Not Know: The causes of autistic spectrum disorder are unknown, thus prevention is also unknown. ...Read more
Accidental pregnancy. I am 44, husband 55! If all genetic tests are ok, what other issues can affect baby? (I know2% autism). So worried can't function
See counselor: You have choices to make. By your statement you have 95% or better chance of having a healthy baby who could be the darling of your life. This is better than most women who face pregnancy. Mom was 42 when my younger sis was born & she was the favorite. To move forward you need to see a professional counselor, in the form of a psychologist or medical social worker & sort out your feelings. ...Read more
Chances of autism for fathers 55 and older and genetic changes for mothers 42. I am 42 and pregnant! (2 pregnancy have 18 yrs old)?
Autism mild but...: A slight inreased risk of autism and autosomal dominant diaorders associated with older dads but a marked increased risk for trisomy because of maternal age. Non-invasive diagnosis of trisomies by analysis of fetal DNA in maternal blood may be done as early as 9 weeks gestation. Amniocentesis is only for confirmation of an abnormal result. See http://www. Ds-health. Com/risk. Htm ...Read more
Are some antiepileptic medications known to cause birth defects or autism in a 22 week pregnancy?
Antiepileptic: Yes, this is something you need to discuss with your ob. Monitoring can be done, to help determine if there are any anomalies. Do not just stop the medication though, because seizures can cause a bigger problem for the fetus. ...Read more
Is there any correlation between the presence of a choroid plexus cyst at mid-pregnancy and autism?
Probably not: Choroid plexus cysts are identified with ultrasounds and reflect a disruption in in the formation of the organ that makes spinal fluid. There is a general observation that children with autism have an increased risk of all sorts of fetal abnormalities and birth complications, but the findings to date suggest that this is a correlation, not a cause of autism. ...Read more
Is it harmful to have high folic acid levels in body prior to getting pregnant? I have read high folic acid prior to pregnancy my cause autism, true?
Could an unsheilded CT scan and multiple x-rays at 5 weeks gestation result in any of the problems wih my son? (autism, pvl, dysplastic kidney, silent aspiration, preauricular pit, heart murmur)
Wouldn't do it.: Airborne is a cocktail of vitamins and minerals which is supposed to boost the immune system when a common cold is suspected. It contains vitamin a, which in excess may cause birth defects. Also, there is no evidence that airborne is effective at all and you should not waste your money. ...Read more
For constipation?: If you are asking about suppositories, the answer is yes. If you are speaking of oral, I would recommend something else, like MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) to help with constipation. It's not absorbed by the body and is gentler than many anti-contstipation medications. Make sure to drink a lot of water if you are having problems with constipation. Drink until your pee is clear/white, no yellow. ...Read more
Is a syrup from Peru used for weight loss literature review showed that it is beneficial for premenopausal women
Who are obese and with insulin resistance. Although it seems sake and product is natural, it did not not do any study on pregnancy. It would be wise not to use any medication including herbal or natural during pregnancy. ...Read more
Vicks? Yes: Did you mean to say Vicks cough drops? Those contain menthol as a topical treatment for the throat. There is no medical reason why you can't use that during pregnancy. Like all medications in pregnancy, however, you should only use it for the time that you really need it. The only over the counter "medications" that should be taken for the whole pregnancy are prenatal vitamins and/or folic acid. ...Read more
ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more
A neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between ...Read more
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