Modest weight gain during pregnancy linked to increased autism risk

10/28/2013 | U.S. News & World Report

Women who gained small amounts of extra weight while pregnant had a slightly higher yet significant risk of having a child with autism, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. However, researchers from the University of Utah found that maternal body mass index at the beginning of pregnancy was not linked to an increased risk of autism. "Although weight gain during pregnancy was associated with autism risk, the modest difference in weight gain found suggests that weight gain serves as a marker rather than a cause for autism," lead author Dr. Deborah Bilder said.

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