Getting pregnant less than a year after giving birth triples your chances of Autism.
What do you all think about this?
(I got pg again when my oldest was only 3 months old. They are 12 months and 2 weeks apart. My youngest doe NOT have Autism.)
Autism risk 'trebles' if you conceive again within 12 months
The causes of autism remain a
mystery, but is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and
environmental factors – particularly when a baby is developing in the
The U.S. researchers said closely-spaced pregnancies
increased the risk that a baby missed out on nutrients – particularly
folate, needed during pregnancy.
‘However, other possible
mechanisms, such as maternal levels of iron and polyunsaturated fatty
acids or stress should also be considered,’ they said.
They stressed that they had found a link between shorter pregnancy gaps and autism, but had not shown cause and effect.
Families may be experiencing an unknown factor that increases the risk of autism and shortens the gaps between pregnancies.
Patrick O’Brien, a consultant and spokesman for the Royal College of
Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said women had been advised for a long
time to leave a gap of at least one year between pregnancies.
shouldn’t get too scared because the absolute risk of autism in this
study remains very low – even when the gap between pregnancies is less
than a year,’ he said.
‘However, for various reasons – and
now it seems the risk of autism – it makes sense to delay getting
pregnant with your second baby for at least a year.’
A spokesman for the National Autistic Society said: ‘While studies like this may help shed light on potential causes, it is important to note that we see thousands of cases where either the first born child or subsequent children born more than 12 months later have a diagnosis of autism.’