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What can I do in pregnancy to help prevent autism?

What can I do in pregnancy to help prevent autism?

Do Not Know: The causes of autistic spectrum disorder are unknown, thus prevention is also unknown. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Pregnancy (Definition)

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


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How can autism be diagnosed while pregnancy?

How can autism be diagnosed while pregnancy?

Confusing question: Are you referring to mom or baby ? If baby, there are some emerging studies that have detected patterns of genetic code alterations in autistic kids who have an affected sibling. These small insertions or deletions of genetic code may be amenable to prenatal diagnosis in a few years but would not pick up every case.At this point we are unable to define who or why a kid will develop the pattern. ...Read more

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Can having too many ultrasounds during pregnancy be linked to autism?

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

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Is citalopram during pregnancy linked to autism in children?

Is citalopram during pregnancy linked to autism in children?

?: There seems to be major lawsuits against the maker of Celexa on-going (stating that citalopram use is associated with autism). Frankly, I am not sure how strong the causal link is (if any). I will be interested to see the studies behind this. ...Read more

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Could drinking and smoking weed during pregnancy contribute to autism?

Could drinking and smoking weed during pregnancy contribute to autism?

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

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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

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

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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)?

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

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Are some antiepileptic medications known to cause birth defects or autism in a 22 week pregnancy?

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

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Is there any correlation between the presence of a choroid plexus cyst at mid-pregnancy and autism?

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

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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?

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?

No, it is not.: There is no clear data supporting a toxic Folic Acid side effect. The only situation where it me be potentially deleterious is pernicous anemia, if it is given without B12 vitamin. ...Read more

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Did extreme emotional stress during pregnancy cause birth defects or autism in the baby?

Did extreme emotional stress during pregnancy cause birth defects or autism in the baby?

Stress: Streas has not truly been shown to be associated with any pregnancy issues. How stress affects the pregnant mothers sleep & eating patterns might effect fetal growth, but otherwise should not contribute to birth defects or autism. ...Read more

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Have to do to prevent autism?

Wish we knew!: Yours is the million $ question with no answer. Family history and environment play their roles, but there is no easy checklist of things to do and avoid. If there is a strong family history of autism spectrum in your or your partner's family, your chances would be higher, so some people choose to adopt in those cases. The best path, though, is to live healthy and love the child you get! ...Read more

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Will increasing bdnf levels prevent autism in children?

Will increasing bdnf levels prevent autism in children?

Unusually high level: of the signaling peptide BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) have been detected in children w/ autism. BDNF regulates birth and differentiation of brain cells (neurons). Barbara Hempstead et al (Weill Medical College, Cornell Univ) propose that BDNF may be over-expressed in the brains of these children, causing neurological defects that lead to the disorder but causation not yet proven. ...Read more

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I am currently pregnant and wonder if there's anything I have to do to prevent autism?

No: There is no officially recognized means to prevent autism. Following your dr advice in terms of visits, diet, vitamins and stress reduction can maximize your chances to prevent a lot of even more common problems. ...Read more

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What causes one to develop autism? Is it something the child is born with? Is their anything a pregnant woman can do to help prevent this?

What causes one to develop autism? Is it something the child is born with? Is their anything a pregnant woman can do to help prevent this?

Mostly genetic: The strongest evidence is that genes comprise a much bigger part of the pie influencing this outcome. There is a variety of evidence that only weakly finds the environment causal e.g. diet and vaccines. But of course, being selective about wholesome foods and lifestyle preferences e.g. exercise, being aware of medications that are safe during pregnancy, and for the baby later on is top job. ...Read more

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I have had two molar pregnancies, is there a way I can prevent a third one?

I have had two molar pregnancies, is there a way I can prevent a third one?

No: I am sorry to hear about your complicated history. Having two molar pregnancies is difficult. As far as i know there is no way to prevent a molar pregnancy. I will say however that your chances of having a normal baby are still good. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

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


Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

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