Does being pregnant and have an anxiety disorder increase the risk of having a baby with autism or any other mental health problem?

No and Yes. Having anxiety disorder is not a risk factor for your baby developing autism. Anxiety is a common problem in populations. Having anxiety does increase the chances that the child may have a mental health problem. Anxiety runs in families. Definitely keep on top of your counseling, therapy and treatments during pregnancy and as a young parent. Untreated anxiety has bad effects on kids!

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I was told that being pregnant with anxiety disorder may increase the risk og having baby with mental health problems. Mental problems such as what?

Find another doctor. That is absolute bunk. There is no science to suggest your anxiety causes an issue with your child. You are in a wonderful state and the last thing you need is semi-informed opinions making your more stressed. Read more...