Fever during pregnancy is associated with a risk of autism spectrum disorders and developmental delays in the offspring, a new study reports. Previous research has suggested a connection between autism and various infections during pregnancy, including measles, mumps, rubella, and influenza.
Fever is an acute inflammatory response
Autism is a neurodegenerative disorder that surfaces in a child around the age of 2-3 years. The condition differs from person to person and manifests itself in motor disability, gestural inability, speech problems and a host of other symptoms. Risk of autism in a child often gets linked to mother’s health and the phase of pregnancy. It has been suspected that a faulty gene or genes may make a newborn more likely to develop autism along with other factors such as a chemical imbalance, viruses or a lack of oxygen at birth.
When does this fever occur in pregnancy?
If you are experiencing any fever during your pregnancy, it is best that you consult a specialist at the earliest. Any delay in seeking medical help may pose a threat to your pregnancy, your health and the health of your baby. Please also do not skip your designated ultrasounds.