Another Key to Autism?
This study looked at “whether metabolic conditions during pregnancy (diabetes, hypertension, and obesity) are associated with autism spectrum disorder, developmental delays, or impairments in specific domains of development in the offspring.” What the researchers found is that those mothers with diabetes, hypertension, and/or obesity increased the likelihood of their children being born with autism spectrum disorders and developmental delays by 61%.
While this is a significant increase in risk, it may not explain the increase in autism in recent years. What it does point out is the importance of mothers being in the best possible health prior to pregnancy. It only stands to reason that mothers who are eating right, exercising, not smoking and are a healthy weight before they are pregnant provide a much better environment for their developing babies.