Another new study has emerged looking at a potential cause of autism. Some past studies have identified potential causes of – or contributing factors for– autism that take place during pregnancy (such as how certain medications taken during pregnancy may increase chances of developing autism). This study, however, has identified something that takes place right at the end of pregnancy for some women – inducing labor.
According to research conducted by JAMA Pediatrics, boys born to mothers who needed help to start birth, or were augmented (meaning doctors increased the strength, duration and frequency of contractions) had a 35% greater rate of autism then children whose mothers didn’t need any intervention for birth.
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