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Monday, April 25, 2016

Birth Spacing May Influence Autism Risk

Waiting too little or too much time between pregnancies may significantly increase the odds that children will have autism or other developmental disabilities, new research suggests.
In a review of existing studies on more than a million kids, researchers found that children born to moms who waited less than a year between pregnancies were nearly twice as likely to have autism compared to those who waited over three years.
The findings published online Thursday in the journal Pediatrics also suggest that such children may face an increased risk of cerebral palsy and developmental delay.