17Fevers During Pregnancy
Researchers have been studying pregnant women around the globe, and there has been a startling connection to fevers and autism. If a woman has a fever at all during pregnancy, there is a significant increased risk that her child will be on the autism spectrum. There is considerable focus on
fevers caused by infections, and the unique effect on an unborn child's development.
The second trimester is the most critical for unborn babies, as mothers who have three or more fevers during that time, possibly offer an increased risk of their children displaying autism up to 40%. The Researchers, such as those at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health think there is a connection between a mom's immune system response, interfering and influencing fetal brain development.