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  •  autism is much less common in girls (1+ / 0-)
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    Anyway, if she is not exposed to mercury in utero or through childhood vaccines (make sure she gets ones without thimerosol), the risk of autism is very small.

    If you are worried about it, I would definitely NOT induce labor and try to avoid using pitocin during labor. My friend whose son has autism also says don't let any doctor prescribe the antibiotic Augmentin either.

    •  Do you have any references for this? (1+ / 0-)
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      There's a very good chance that my wife might be induced, as the baby is likely to be very large (I'm 6'5", 270lbs, and was one of a number of babies in my family who were over 10lbs, plus my wife is very old to be having a first time pregnancy). TIA.

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        They have published a lot of articles on autism. There may be something there.

        I can't remember where I read this, but there was a Japanese study showing a statistically significantly higher rate of autism among children who were born at a hospital that had a particularly high induction rate.

        I would google "pitocin and autism" and see what comes up. One of my friends who has a son on the spectrum has also told me that there is evidence suggesting a connection to pitocin.

        If labor is induced before term, it's almost a certainty that pitocin will be introduced to help things along. Sometimes when labor is induced post-date, and the cervix is ripe, pitocin is not needed.

        I don't think there is solid proof that the huge percentage of births that are induced is linked to autism, but it is a theory out there. No doubt there are multiple causes of autism, with no one thing explaining the "epidemic" we've seen in the last 20 years.

      •  I don't have refs (0+ / 0-)

        but Cytotec, which is a different kind of drug, is often used for induction these days.  Pitocin is less favored because the contractions sometimes spiral into uterine tetanus.

        I have a son who has two half-siblings with autism, so we have been taking care to avoid triggers.  We are not convinced that mercury pitocin, etc., aren't junk science, but why take chances?  We delayed the MMR, breastfed a looong time (no ear infections, either) and  grow our own food or buy organic whenever we can.  So far he seems very "neurotypical."

        Nunca se deve confiar em pata de cavalo, cabeça de juiz e bunda de nenê.

        by rhubarb on Sat May 19, 2007 at 08:47:46 PM PDT

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      •  and speaking of large babies (0+ / 0-)

        any midwife will tell you that it is not necessary to induce just because the baby is large. My second son was 9 lbs 10 oz, and I didn't even tear.

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