Mom's Weight May be Factor in Autism

A mother's weight and diabetic condition may increase the risk of her unborn child developing a neurodevelopmental disorder, such as autism.

That's according to a new study published in this week's journal Pediatrics.

Researchers found obese mothers were 67 percent more likely to have an autistic child, compared to normal-weight mothers without diabetes or hypertension.

And a pregnant woman who is obese doubles her child's risk of having another developmental disorder, compared to a child born to a mother at healthy weight.

Those disorders include poor communication skills and lack of attention.

The UC Davis study included more than a thousand mother and child pairs from 2003 to 2010.


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