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User - posted on 06/27/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Sometimes I wonder if I did something during my pregnancy to cause the Asperger's. I have 3 boys. I suffered from morning sickness with all of them, but it seems like I was the sickest with Jon. Other then that my pregnancy was pretty normal. I did eat anti-nausea drugs like they were candy. I sometimes think that did it. I also had a minor complication during delivery when the epidural was inserted in the wrong place and my BP dropped. Then Jon decided that he was going to come super fast. The doctor almost didn't make it. I am curious to hear other's stories.

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Michele - posted on 07/08/2009

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I believe the flu shot my son received also caused my son's autism. But I didn't receive a flu shot during pregnancy.

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Jennifer - posted on 07/08/2009

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Boy have I wondered so many times...'Was it something I did?' I had a pretty normal pregnancy. I did however have to eat the dramamine every day, lol. Even with the dramamine I would get sick and throw up...multiple times a day throughout my entire pregnancy. I only gained 11lbs. I had to be induced with Pitocin and had 3 epidurals. The cord was wrapped around my son's neck as well. He developed normally until he turned one...then the fun began!

Lyndal - posted on 07/04/2009

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my pregnancy was normal but i always think the delivery was the problem as i had meconium staining 13hrs before jade wad finally delivered.my 2nd stage of labour went for 3hrs before they decided to use forceps.she was breathing at all wen she was born

Andre - posted on 07/04/2009

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I had a ok pregnanacy. I was induced with pitocin and the cord was wrapped around her neck. Other then that everything else was ok. She cried alot as an infant. I was told it was colic, but she did cry an aweful lot. Every noise bothered her. I mean every noise it was really hard.

Corrine - posted on 07/04/2009

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I had a fairly easy pregnancy. No morning sickness, heart rates we fine, and I gained 27 pounds. The delivery was another story. I was in labour for 2 days - includiing 12 hours in the delivery room wondering what the hell was going on. When they finally gave me a section they told me my pelvic bone was too small to push her out. She was 9 lbs, 8 ounces and 2 1/2 weeks overdue. They didn't induce my labour because they said for a first pregnancy it was normal. But I ask you is it "normal" for a baby ready to be born into this world to be stuck in the birth canal for over a day? Oh, and did I mention that the reason they waited sooo long was because my OBGYN was due back for his vacation, and the on-call doctor wanted to wait for him to return!

Trisha - posted on 07/03/2009

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I got a flu shot when I was 12 weeks pregnant. I remember the doctor and nurse openly discussing if that was safe or not. I took my son to a DAN doctor and a different biofeedback professional and they both said the flu shot poisoned my son. My regular, family doctor said that was totally wrong and that I need to quit paying money to these people giving me false information. Who knows????

Mandy - posted on 07/03/2009

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I have never had morning sickness--lucky me! :-p But in my pregnancy with Gabe I dealt with high blood pressure, too much amniotic fluid and an early induction due to my body suddenly acting weird....didn't control it's temperature well...I was sweating at 70 degrees and when I say sweating I mean visibly sweating. Also, I later found out that there is heavy metals to be found in tuna fish and with him I just craved the stuff and ate it all the time. Also, I had such bad heartburn I ate tums like you wouldn't believe. While I was pregnant they couldn't get him to stimulate enough to move during non stress tests--the little thing they put on your stomach to try to get the baby to move around (it sends sound through the amniotic fluid) never was able to make him move. They gave me juice, that didn't work. They gave me a candy bar...minimal movement. But because he appeared to be growing well and a good size they didn't follow up further. But this happened at least twice during my last 3 months, and every time they attempted the test. His heart rate kept dropping while I was in labor with him and when he came out he was blue and had tied a true knot in his cord. Seems as he started to descend it just pulled tighter and tighter. I delivered him fast but I think that was mostly because I was in a panic and needed to get him out quick. Doctor almost didn't make it back into the room. According to the paperwork he was nine days early but according to my calculations he was closer to 3 weeks early. He was over 8lbs which is why I think the Dr. didn't believe me but let's just say I'm pretty sure I was right. From birth he didn't like to be passed around and held, would arch his back if held incorrectly (in a way he didn't like) and he shied away from lights, preferring the dark. Our autism journey continued on from there.

Marca - posted on 07/02/2009

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My son is 24 now and has Aspergers. I had a normal pregnancy, no drugs during labor, he was two weeks late. Labor took 23 hours, he had the cord wrapped around his neck and was pretty blue when he was born but he pinked right up when he started breathing. He had jaundice and had to be hospitalized for a couple of days. (I had him in a birthing clinic) The only memorable event during the pregnancy is I had a really bad flu around 7 months and took several tylenol throughout the day for my headache. I did not drink or smoke and was very careful about what I ate, took prenatal vitamins, had some morning sickness early on (first trimester).

Amy - posted on 07/01/2009

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I had nausea the whole time I think. I never popped drugs for it, but *I did have the occasional one glass of wine. THe epidural didn't work because I was already at 8 when they put it in. *The cord was wrapped around his neck though and he had lacomb(sp?) in his lungs, so his oxygen was really low for awhile. I heard that the lack of oxygen will trigger the already genetic traits of Asperger's.

Amanda - posted on 07/01/2009

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I drank alcohol once before I found out I was pregnant, I smoked during the 1st trimester before giving up. I had a great pregnancy, I was very active, I had no morning sickness, perfect BP levels, they were a little bit worried about my stomach messurements and how little weight I had put on (I think it was 6-7kgs) I was 8 days overdue when I had Lukas, via a c-section. I had been having contractions for over 24 hrs, the Dr's broke my waters but he didn't want to come out, and he had been pretty stressed out all night so when he became even more disstressed they decided it was time to throw in the towel and have the surgery (after 24hrs of contraction it was welcomed news to me!!) I did have some gas and the epidural. Lukas was born without complications weighing 6 pounds 8 ounces. He was put in an incubator (all babies born via c-section spend 4 hrs in an incubator for extra oxygen because of added stress) Lukas needed to spend a few extra hrs in the incubator because he had a low temprature, although I Lukas just has a lower than average temprature naturally. I can not complain about my pregnancy, it was almost perfect. As you would know autism is a neurobiological disorder, affecting the brain, I like to think autism isn't really a disability, it is becoming more and more common and maybe it isn't somthing we are doing wrong, maybe it is just human evolution?!

Treanna - posted on 06/30/2009

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I have six kids and all of them were born at least a week early as I had problems with early labour and pregnancy diabetes. Only three have autism.

Tracy - posted on 06/29/2009

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I had a pretty normal pregnancy. not much morning sickness. no drugs. no epideral. i did have gestational diabetes. my water broke at 34 weeks he had to be in the hospital for 10 days. not much bonding time except for what the nurses allowed in the special care nursery. after coming home we had no problem bonding. he was recently diagnosed with pdd-nos. i also had another pregnacy after this one. it was alot harder and had to have a c-section. he has none of these symptoms

Stacey - posted on 06/29/2009

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I often wonder if the complications that occured during my pregnancy and delivery caused any of my son's "problems." I didn't experience any morning sickness; however, at 7 months I developed an allergy to my pregnancy and was covered in hives from my neck to my toes. It was so bad that I had to have steroid shots in my hip every week until the delivery. I had complications during labor (my temp rose and my son's heart rate started dropping, I also wasn't getting enough oxygen so they hooked me up to a mask). He was born via emergency c-section. We weren't able to bond for a few weeks because I spent the first two weeks semi-concious in ICU and then another week on the post-op floor. It's because so many things occured that I wonder, but I also know that some women have smooth pregnancies and deliveries and their child still has autism. My son has PDD-NOS and sensory processing issues.

LeeAnn - posted on 06/29/2009

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I think that we have all been there...looking to see if it was something we did/didn't do. I had a pretty un eventful pregnancy. I did gain waaaay too much weight...77 lbs...and I had trouble trying to stay quit from smoking. I would quit for a while, and in a hormonal fit, light up, feel guilty, sobb, and put it out. This was a vicous cycle. I did finally quit for good when I was about 7 months pregnant with the help of Welbutrin. I had problems with my feet and legs swelling a lot, but my BP and sugar were both fine. I was electively induced at 39 weeks, because I was so miserable. I had Pitocin, Stadol, and an intrathecal during labor. Her cord was wrapped around her neck, and I had to wait a few secs for the dr to get there to cut the cord. The nurses held it away from her neck, and then she was out. She didn't cry right away, but was fine. I think we are too quick to judge ourselves for things that are out of our control. I wish that I could have been quit smoking sooner, or never started, which would have been better. It is hard to think that you might have done something to cause your child's disability. I struggle with it still some days, when things are tougher than normal. But then she smiles or does something cute, and I realize that it isn't my fault, and that she is such a blessing, I shouldn't question the bumps in the road, I should enjoy the ride! Good Luck, and give yourself a pat on the back, knowing that it is not your fault!

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I think we've all thought that at one time or another, but my pregnancy was smooth, basically. He was two weeks early and big for it. We were pretty stressed at the time and I did develop some odd cleaning habits, ie raking the carpets with my fingers since I didn't feel my vacuum was working well enough. :) The doctor did tell me I had pregnancy asthma, though the ER nurses said he was wrong. mehh

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