Fever During Pregnancy Could Raise Baby’s Risk of Autism
As if we don’t have enough reasons to keep ourselves healthy during pregnancy, a new study suggests that having a fever while pregnant could raise a woman’s baby’s risk of autism. In the study, which was presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research, researchers reviewed data on 462 kids ages two to five who were given clinical assessments, and asked their mothers over the phone about their prenatal health. The idea was to see whether mom having the flu and/or fever could increase her child’s risk of having autism or developmental delays. And while they didn’t find any connection between the flu and autism risk, they did find that those who’d had a fever during pregnancy were about twice as likely to have kids with autism or developmental delays as those who said they didn’t have a fever. The researchers point out that the results are preliminary -- more research needs to be done to explain the connection they found, and since it was based on the moms’ recollection of their fevers, it wasn’t like they had thermometer readings to tell the true tale -- so don’t freak out if you’ve been sick during pregnancy! Just use it as motivation to take extra care of yourself while you’re expecting.
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