Fever in the mother, especially during the second trimester of pregnancy, 34% increased risk of autism spectrum disorders in the child, reports USA Today, citing a recent study.
According to the article, researchers observed the development of 95.754 Norwegian children in the period from 1999 to 2009. About 15.700 children were born to mothers whose pregnancy was observed elevated temperature.
In this group, the researchers found 583 child with autism spectrum disorder. The risk of autism increased by 34% when the temperature of the mother exceeded 37.2 degrees Celsius. If increased temperature was observed in the second trimester, the risk of autism spectrum disorders increased by 40%.
The children of those women who after the 12th week of pregnancy fever has been observed three times or more, the risk of developing autism spectrum disorder has increased 300%.