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?
Try to relax.
OK, so blissful yoga or meditation might not be realistic for every pregnant woman, but it’s important to breathe, relax, and de-stress. You can only control so much, so focus on those things first and foremost.