World Autism Awareness Day is observed on April 1st every year. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects a person’s ability to communicate socially and behaves and, since its origin is usually genetic and there is no treatment, it can put the child at risk of developing an important developmental condition. lifestyle changes. (Also read: Virtual Autism: Can your autistic child do too much screen time? Hire an expert)
According to studies, higher maternal intake of certain nutrients and supplements may reduce the risk of autism. Some studies also show a significant increase in the risk of ASD with exposure to air pollution during the elderly period, especially in heavy metals and particular materials. It is important that they are regular with their prenatal appointments and how their child is growing is important. If a child is diagnosed with ASD, early intervention can help improve their social and communication skills.
“While there is no known cure for ASD, early diagnosis and intervention can improve the lives of people with the disorder. To note that there is no sure way to reduce autism during pregnancy, there are some important steps that expectant mothers can take. It reduces the child’s risk of developing the condition. It usually affects boys before 3 years of life and boys are prone four times more than girls,” said Dr Madhu Juneja, Senior Consultant, OB-GYN, Cloudnin Group of Hospitals, Pune, Kalyani. Nagar MBBS MS (Obgy).
Here are the steps expectant mothers can take by Dr Juneja to prevent autism in their babies;
Attending prenatal appointments is important for the pregnancy to proceed as it should. Your doctor can identify any potential problems and accordingly provide a healthy pregnancy regimen. A list of screening tests can identify any potential problems with the fetus. This may include genetic testing, which can identify if a child is at higher risk for autism. Early detection can lead to earlier interventions and better outcomes.
diet and exercise
Expectant mothers prioritize their health during pregnancy. This includes eating healthy food, staying hydrated, and getting enough sleep. A good diet and meditation or exercise reduce stress, which can have a negative effect on a child’s development. Research suggests that maternal stress during pregnancy may increase the risk of ASD.
Avoid exposure to harmful substances
Exposure to harmful substances during pregnancy can increase the risk of developing disorders, including ASD. To reduce the risk, expectant mothers should avoid smoking, drinking alcohol, and using drugs. Exposure to environmental toxins, such as lead, can also increase the risk of developmental disorders, as demonstrated in multiple studies and diagnosed by ultrasound during pregnancy.
There is a common myth that vaccines can cause autism. But this has been discussed in many studies. In fact, getting vaccinated can reduce the risk of certain illnesses, which can increase the risk of developing disorders. Expectant mothers are recommended the vaccine during pregnancy
Your foot monitor calculates your daily movements in the womb
Monitoring your baby’s movements can identify any potential problems with their development. Expectant mothers should make sure to report their baby’s kicks and movements to their caregivers. If the baby is not moving as much as expected, it may be a sign of a problem.
Ask for help
Pregnancy can be a stressful and emotional time, and having a strong immune system can help reduce stress and improve outcomes. Mothers can also seek help from health providers, online support groups, online communities etc. where they open common questions.
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Early intervention is critical for better outcomes for children with ASD. If a child is diagnosed with ASD, early intervention can help improve their social and communication skills. Parents should talk to a health care provider if they are concerned about their child’s progress.
“Finally, while there is no guaranteed way to prevent autism during pregnancy, there are steps that expectant mothers can reduce the risk. Attending prenatal appointments, taking care of yourself, avoiding exposure to harmful substances, being vaccinated, monitoring your baby. Movement, asking for help, and first intervention are all to can contribute to better outcomes for both mother and baby,” concludes Dr Juneja.