2 of my brothers are autistic, I also bear a large number of traits but don't feel the need to be labelled now as at my age I am used to the way I am and act.
Autism is ALOT more common in boys than girls, and I was quite upset when my partner told a family friend of ours about my being pregnant, and they asked him what we plan on doing if I pass the "gene" down.
At the end of the day there's nothing you can do about it, it's a random thing but can be more common in certain families, but USUALLY comes from the mothers side, not the fathers.
Having an autistic child really is not the end of the world (I'm not trying to say that anyone on here is saying that it is) they can be some of the most beautiful loving and kind children that you would ever meet x
Also hun surely if there was an autistic gene to be passed down, it would be passed to a girl just the same as a boy x
Yep, it's true. My daughter has Asperger's. There is no history of autism or autism spectrum disorders in either my or my husband's family.
My obgyn told me I should get tested for Fragile X. It's a genetic chromosomal abnormality which can lead to autism and autism spectrum disorders such as Asperger's, ADD, ADHD, etc. If I turn out to be a carrier for it, my husband would then be tested. If he is also a carrier then there would be a much greater chance of our baby being a carrier and/or being effected by it.
Now I'm not saying that Fragile X is the only cause of autism spectrum disorders or autism but it was just something my obgyn pointed out to us that we may want to rule out by testing.
Edit: I take that back now that I think about it. My husband did suffer from ADHD as a child. I guess I just usually don't associate it with my daughter's Asperger's. So maybe he could have passed down something genetically related.
Nobody knows what causes autism. Boys are more likely to receive the diagnosis than girls, but this doesn't necessarily mean it came from your husband's side with your stepson. His mom could have influenced it. There are just too many factors at play here. I complete understand your concern, but it's one of those situations where whatever will be will be. The best thing you can do is eat healthy, exercise, and stay relaxed. Also stay away from all medications. Obviously this is a point of contention for many people, but most medications aren't well studied in pregnant women so it's better to be safe than sorry.
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