Preventing Autism in Pregnancy: Is it Possible?

Give Yourself a Break

Moms are notoriously too hard on themselves, and it’s especially important to understand that when it comes to ASD, most of this is out of our control. There’s a lot of pressure on pregnant women to make all the right choices, particularly as many worry about their child’s potential for developing autism and other disorders, says Dr. Fallin. “For some, this can lead to stress and anxiety, both of which act against promoting good mental health in a pregnant mom,” she says. “So, while women should be informed about potential risks during pregnancy, they should remember that no environmental factors have been shown to directly cause autism and can only be considered potential risk factors at the moment. Knowing this information can help shape behavior and policy, but should not be employed to increase maternal anxiety or imply individual blame.”