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I don't know much about autism.......

My fiance has two sisters. Both of them have a child with autism. My fiance's brother's child doesn't have it and neither does my fiance's two kids from a previous marriage. Could it be that in their family only the females are carriers? I have also read that it is not hereditary. I just wanted some points of view on this. We are ttc. Thanks to all that comment. :)

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Asked by _Momma_ at 8:16 PM on Mar. 11, 2009 in Trying to Conceive

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  • I dont believe anyone really knows the answer to that. Wish they did. Its a valid theory though.

    Answer by mom2twobabes at 8:17 PM on Mar. 11, 2009

  • The latest research has narrowed what scientists believe is an "autism gene" located on one of 4 strands of DNA (the genetic makeup located within every cell). Both of my sons are autistic--had NO IDEA this was even a possibility when we got pregnant. There are no developmental delays on either side of our families. But in looking back over their birth pictures and the early developmental months, I can see where they were showing the signs, we just didn't recognize it.


    Fortunately or us our boys are high functioning/verbal...but their improvements came as a result of MANY hours of therapy (no medication).

    As of yet there are no prenatal tests that can determine or predict autism or who is likely to be a carrier.


    Answer by LoriKeet at 8:37 PM on Mar. 11, 2009

  • All I can hypothesize is that with my first, one week before my due date, I had an ultrasound and it was discovered that my amniotic fluid was critically low, and I was immediately admitted and induced that evening.

    Oligohydramnios CAN lead to developmental delays/disabilities. I think because it was caught early, there was minimal damage to my sons brain. Of course, I feel guilty, and wish I had had some sort of gut instinct something was wrong, and to request an ultrasound earlier. With my second, because of my amniotic fluid issue, I elected to have him induced 2 1/2 weeks early--he was almost 8 pounds and both of our vitals were strong and healthy. So I with him I wonder if I had waited till he was ready to be born, he would have had developed more?


    Answer by LoriKeet at 8:46 PM on Mar. 11, 2009

  • Thank you LoriKeet.

    Do you think it has anything to do with the "MMR" shot? I just wanted to know your opinion.
    Thanks again.

    Answer by _Momma_ at 8:49 PM on Mar. 11, 2009

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    Answer by jmcan at 10:31 PM on Mar. 11, 2009

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