Study links maternal obesity with increased risk of autism

Pregnant women who are obese or have diabetes or hypertension are 1.61 times as likely as healthy women to have a child with autism and 2.35 times as likely to have a child with other developmental problems, a study in the journal Pediatrics found. Although pregnant women with type 2 or gestational diabetes were 2.33 times as likely to have children with developmental delays, researchers did not find a statistically significant link between diabetes and autism rates.

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