Autism | Fit Pregnancy


Could Breastfeeding Reduce Risk of Autism?

You may have heard that avoiding eye contact is a sign of autism in infants, and many new moms anxiously await their newborn's gaze in order to rule out concern for it.

Preventing Autism in Pregnancy: Is it Possible?

As soon as the pregnancy test comes back positive, parents will do anything to protect their baby-to-be. That includes doing what they can to lower their child's risk for autism spectrum disorders (ASD), which affect 1 in 68 children. Some research says this can start before birth. One study in the New England Journal of Medicine found differences in the brains of children with autism as early as the second trimester of pregnancy.

Researchers Found a Link Between Autism and Your Environment

A new study finds an association between exposure to pesticides during pregnancy and having children with autism. Though avoiding gross chemicals is always a good idea, it's important to note that researchers found a link; they didn't prove causation. (So don't sell your house just yet.) Watch to learn more about the study. 

What Causes Autism?

Researchers examined the brains of children who had autism, and found a surprising connection between autism and pregnancy. What you should know about the study.

Study: Prenatal Exposure to Pollutants May Increase Risk for Autism

The concentration of air pollutants where you live around the time you give birth may double your child’s risk of autism, according to a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health.

The Flu and Autism

A new study from Denmark found that mothers who reported having the flu during pregnancy were at least twice as likely to have a child with autism compared with those who did not report having the flu, NBC News reports. In addition, "Those who had a fever lasting a week or longer — perhaps caused by the flu or maybe by something else — were three times as likely to have an autistic child," according to the NBC News report.

Dad's Age Plays Bigger Role in Autism Risk

Researchers in the past have pointed to a mother's age when studying autism risks. But a new study finds that older fathers pass on more genetic mutations to babies, specifically for autism and schizophrenia, The New York Times reports.

Your Baby at 6 Months

Your baby may be lying on his back, grabbing his feet, and bringing them to his mouth. Yum! Maybe it's time to sign up for a Mommy & Me yoga class, our try our baby-friendly yoga moves.  Your baby may also be sitting upright without support, or even supporting his entire body weight on his legs.

Finding Folate

As a mom-to-be, you want to protect your baby from harm at all costs. Cut out alcohol? No problem. Stay away from raw fish? You bet. But safeguarding your baby isn’t all about what you “can’t” have or “shouldn’t” do. In the case of birth defects, it’s crucial that you add a key nutrient to your diet: folate.

5 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Baby’s Odds

We’re hearing a lot about autism these days. New studies are linking dramatically increased autism rates with genetic mutations. Another study links autism with antidepressants and still more studies link it to environmental factors.