Difficult labor and fetal distress cause of Asperger's??

Lise - posted on 02/23/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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Does anyone believe that fetal distress and long, difficult labor was the cause of their child being born Aspie??

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I had a normal pregnancy and a normal birth. The only complication at all was Strep B, which was only treated to be suppressed at the time of birth. As far a immunization shots go, what the difference with pumping your body with preservatives from prepackaged, fast food and sodas? At least the shots are trying to be helpful.

My oldest son has Aspergers and, it seems, so does my husband.

I know it's tempting to blame it on something but instead try to change your thinking. This is what I've come to terms with: they're just wired differently. Like a Mac talking to a PC, there's nothing "wrong" with either one, they just simply cannot communicate some concepts to one another. The problem is that the Macs are living in a PC world and most of those PCs are unwilling to add new translation software.

Sasha - posted on 02/24/2009

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Aspergers and autism are physical differences in the brain. It's what's known as a 'primordial condition' which means it has been present since conception. genetic links are known. There are lots of chemicals that can cause 'Autistic symtoms', things like mercury and lead the most common. exess exposure to alcohol pre-nataly can cause a syndrome with some autistic features (fetal alcohol syndrome). With all the kids I've met who were on the spectrum, the birth experiances have been so varied, anything form extreem pre-term to smooth flawless labour on the due date. It's something I think most parents of kids with difficulties think about at some point. When it comes down to wire I think the important thing is to remember that we are doing our best now. I don't think we ever know the answer for sure about how it happens. There just isn't the money or time for all the reserch it would take.
All the best:) Sasha

Michelle - posted on 02/23/2009

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hey again! hmmm, thats a tough one...as far as i know, there are only theories on what the causes could be (although if anyone can tell me otherwise, please do!). my aspie daughter was born almost 2 months early and had respiratory distress at birth, her labour was only about 8 hrs long and my aspie son had no problems at all, was only 3 weeks before due date and really good labour (again, about 8 hrs long). who knows. i do however agree with the theory that it may be genetic as they both have different biological fathers but both have aspergers...think it may have come from me as i can be a bit like that at times! i try not to think about it too much, its not something i can change now but it would be interesting to know for sure, though! (was it you that was asking about my daughter a while back? i did reply but i can't remember where exactly...was on this community somewhere, really long!)

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Sasha - posted on 05/25/2009

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my son had bad colic. to this day he hardly burps. He was a veracious eater, but did start sleeping fr six hrs in a stretch at 8 weeks when he went into a big cot in his own room. From what I have read this is more likly to be a symptom of the AS, not a cause. It would be good if they could do more comparative brain scans of neurotypical/as to see how the range of symptoms are expressed in the solid biology of the brain. It wouldn't realy help much, but i would find it very interesting, and I think my son would too.

Andrea - posted on 05/25/2009

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I don't know about causality. I believe there is a strong genetic component in my son's Asperger's. For us, it is possible that the difficult delivery triggered symptoms. My labor was induced by pitocin. It was horrible for me, with my blood pressure hitting around 300/200 according to the hospital monitors (a glitch, i hope!). My son was born overdue, with meconium staining and the cord wrapped around his neck. He had horrible "colic" for eight months, the cause of which neither I or the lactation consultant could pin down. He cried five to eight hours a night, starting around for in the afternoon. I certainly do believe that his pain and discomfort (and mine!) had a negative impact on our attachment. Ironically, my son never seemed to attach to any stuffed animals or "loveys," but always seemed to want ME right with him.

Heather - posted on 04/13/2009

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in my personal opinion it can be a genetic link which like cancer can maifest when given the right trigger.... my son was 'normal' up till 9 months old then changed within days of having an immunisation shot, my dad was an odd person with some odd traits but not as severe as my son... and my uncle his brother was decidedly different...



I have also spoken to a number of mothers who also said that their child was normal till their immunisations.... but government bodies are denying rigorously that immunisations have no part in the cause of AS



I hope this helps...

Jaime - posted on 04/10/2009

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my daughter was a normal pregnancy, and during birth (which was only an hour and a half) she got the cord wrapped around her neck. she had a normal apgar score both times though. Her bio dad had some serious social issues, and I think he was aspie too. but then Lauren was neurologically normal until after a bad reaction to her MMR vaccine at 3 years old. after that she had a major regression. I think the TENDENCIES to be sensitive to metals or other things are genetic, but I know many many true autistic kids that were neurologically normal until something triggered the reaction.

Cheryl - posted on 04/09/2009

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I had a stressful pregnancy, Long labor with a lot of heart decels and some trauma to the head during birth. I alway wondered if that was what caused some of it

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I am not sure, always have wondered this same thing. My son probably inherited the Aspergers and his ADHD from our family genes. HOWEVER, he did have distress when born, had a difficult birth, they prepared me for a C -section that never ended up happening after almost 4 hours of pushing him out, he crowned. He was showing fetal distress on the heart monitors. He is going to be 20 years old next week on April 7, 2009. His name is Paul and he is done in May with his SECOND year of COLLEGE, is an honor student, is in PTK, and very smart. However, he has some very strange behaviors and characteristics that I can NOT help but wonder if that difficult birth DID comtribute !!!!

Jules - posted on 03/24/2009

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I am thankful to have such a bright, intellectual and individual, loving and caring young child! He does not and never will live within the constraints of the nero typical mainstream of society and that makes me proud to be his mother! It took me years into my adult live to even get to the point of not conforming into the 'BOX' that is instilled into us from childhood!! I sometimes wish that I had AS and see the world from that ponit of view from the word go... what a laugh it would have been!!!  

Sam - posted on 03/15/2009

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my eldest daughter has aspergers and i truly believe that she is like she is because of the unessary drugs i was given during my pregancy and her heart rate dropped dramatically druing labour

Lise - posted on 02/25/2009

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I know...I really am lucky. These programs are all government funded too. I'm thankful to be Canadian.

Sasha - posted on 02/25/2009

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You are so lucky. Alec had speach thep. until he started school, and since then has no help at all. I have done it totaly alone, and am burnout now. Enjoy all the backup, I am sure it will help a great deal. Sydney is a lucky girl to have all that support and a mum who will fight for her. One day at a time :)

Lise - posted on 02/25/2009

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Hi Lorraine...thanks for the reply. I am doing everything I can for Sydney...she's enrolled in a great program called "Stepping Stones" where they teach them the skills needed to be the best they can be. She has her own Occupational therapist, Behavioral therapist, Speech and Language therapist and Autism support worker all to herself so she definitely has an advantage before starting school. It's a great program and I'm so very thankful that she was diagnosed this early in life.

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Lise- My pregancy went smoothly and the delivery was fast and easy... my son was always abit different from others and I had another child 50 weeks later so there was a comparison level to work with. I requested testing for him countless times but not until he was 15-16 did we get the Asperger's Syndrome diagnosis. I did research but there wasn't much around in the late 90's, but it did leave me to work with Autistic children. I have found that patience, finding what works with your child, and good parenting is a great start. I had no manual, his behavior was odd and I knew he had transition issues, sensitive to fabrics, he was single minded and dealt withthem all without knowing "what" was wrong. My advice is; spend all energy on getting the child to be the most productive person possible, always advocate for them and never put blame on yourself. I waited till my 50th birthday for a hug! You will be blessed.

Sasha - posted on 02/24/2009

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I know exactly what you mean on that one. It would be so nice to have that answer. But right now I would gladly swap it for a decent nights sleep. Being on duty 24/7 wears on you after a while.

Lise - posted on 02/24/2009

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Thanks Sasha...I guess the reason why I'm asking is that of course I read it on the internet and I did have a long difficult labor where my baby's heart rate would drop and all that fun stuff, but also there's nobody (that I know of) on both sides of the family that are on the spectrum. I guess I'm just trying to blame it on something...it's so frustrating.

Lise - posted on 02/24/2009

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Yes Michelle, it was me asking about your daughter but I guess I never read the reply...(I was under the assumption that I would get an e-mail notification when someone replied) I'll have to go look for it...Thanks for the replies! :)

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