An earlier study demonstrated a strong correlation between paternal age and brain abnormalities.
A 2014 Swedish study found that a child whose father was 45 was 3.5 times more likely to have autism, 13 times more likely to have ADHD, and 25 times more likely to have bipolar disorder compared to a child whose father was 24. Other studies have shown a less significant correlation between paternal age and brain abnormalities.
While still other studies point to maternal age as the risk factor.
Some studies suggest that the risk of having a child with autism is approximately 50% higher for women over 35 than for women in their 20s.
Ahhhh! So much conflicting information!
So which is it? The mother's health, her gut bacteria, her age, or the father's age?
All of this information is confusing and studies often unveil conflicting insights. Pregnancy is overwhelming as it is, and all parents want to do the right thing to ensure their baby’s health. So what do we take away from this?
Many pregnant women these days read and research. A lot. And they are understandably stressed out.
With a world of information (and misinformation) at their fingertips online, it’s no wonder expecting parents are confused and stressed.
And of course, too much stress can negatively affect the baby too.
AHHHHH! How are we supposed to cope with all of this and not freak out?