Dear researchers, being pregnant is linked to autism. You’re welcome.

Dear researchers,

I am writing to you to ask you to please stop.

autism moms causesStop trying to find a way to blame mothers. Stop reaching for any and every single thing you can think of to link to a cause of autism.

Stop scaring people. Stop making people think that they have to move, lose weight, have kids early, wait for a second child and any number of other things that you’re scaring people to death with.

Stop making moms think that having a fever will cause autism but taking Tylenol for a fever will cause autism too. Stop making moms think that they have to space out their pregnancies but they also can’t be too old.

Just stop!

I understand you’re just trying to find the truth. I understand that you’re just trying to get more information.

However, this is getting beyond ridiculous.

I have put together this small list of the most recent studies just to give you some small idea of just how out of hand this is becoming.

Ways to blame moms for autism

Closely spaced births:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21220394?dopt=Abstract

Premature birth:
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20111018/Premature-infants-more-likely-to-develop-autism.aspx

Prenatal “complications”:
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1469-7610.1990.tb00820.x/abstract

Not using prenatal vitamins:
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2011-05-early-prenatal-vitamins-autism.html

Living close to a freeway:
http://articles.latimes.com/2010/dec/16/health/la-he-autism-20101217

Being overweight:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304072004577328203742847094.html

Smoking:
http://www.opposingviews.com/i/health/addiction/autism-linked-moms-who-smoke

Having a fever:
http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-fevers-pregnancy-autism-20120523,0,6934232.story

Being pregnant linked to autism

At this point, can we all just agree that being pregnant is a link to autism? Giving birth is a link to autism. Being alive is a link to autism.

No, they’re not the causes but they are linked! Breathing is linked to autism. Opening your eyes is linked to autism. A heart beat is linked to autism.

The refrigerator mom theory is dead and in the past. Can you please just leave it in the past?

Enough is enough.

Stop pointing fingers.

Now you know that being born is a link to autism, you can start putting your time, energy and money into doing something that is actually helpful.

You’re welcome.

About Stuart Duncan

My name is Stuart Duncan, creator of http://www.stuartduncan.name. My oldest son (Cameron) has Autism while my younger son (Tyler) does not. I am a work from home web developer with a background in radio. I do my very best to stay educated and do what ever is necessary to ensure my children have the tools they need to thrive. I share my stories and experiences in an effort to further grow and strengthen the online Autism community and to promote Autism Understanding and Acceptance.

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14 Responses to Dear researchers, being pregnant is linked to autism. You’re welcome.

  1. Theresa May 24, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    Thank you

  2. jillsmo May 24, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

    Yes

  3. The Informal Matriarch May 24, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

    Amen.

  4. Mel May 28, 2012 at 3:13 am #

    God Bless you for saying what needed to be said – end of story!

  5. Kathleen June 4, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    Loved your article! You spoke my mind. Thanks!

  6. Nelly September 18, 2012 at 7:08 am #

    I almost started crying reading this, because sometimes I can’t help but think…”Was it something I did? Did I do this to my baby?” He’s getting help and I know it was Nothing I did. you rock!!!!!

  7. Alexandra April 9, 2013 at 1:00 am #

    Great article! But why do you allow one of your contributors to continue this line of rhetoric with their pieces on “Overweight pregnant mothers linked with Autism” posts?

  8. autismepi December 21, 2013 at 10:56 pm #

    Sorry to tell you about another cause but please pay attention, we will soon see that this is the real deal. A new well done, prospective cohort study supports the association between acetaminophen use and autism. Prolonged use during pregnancy was associated with severe neurodevelopmental outcomes (all autism phenotypes) in 3 year olds.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24163279

  9. Richard September 26, 2014 at 4:30 pm #

    All this being put on the mums and dads this will make us stronger to help our ASD kids???

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