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What Can I Do In Pregnancy To Help Prevent Autism
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Does mercury poisoning lead to autism? If so, can I detox my child to prevent her from getting autism?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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)
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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