Dr. Herbert quoted in WebMD story about obesity and diabetes while pregnant linkage to autism risk

Prenatal Care Improves Health of Mother, Baby

“Given what we are learning about immune and metabolic problems in [autism], it is not surprising that the mother’s condition could affect the infant,” says Martha Herbert, MD, PhD, in an email. She is a pediatric neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston and the author of The Autism Revolution: Whole-Body Strategies for Making Life All It Can Be. “This is not only a public health problem, but raises the possibility that more aggressive lifestyle modification could reduce the risk for having [children with] autism or developmental delay in this group of mothers.

From “Mom’s Health While Pregnant Linked to Autism Risk”

Obesity, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes During Pregnancy May Increase Autism Risk
WebMD Health News
April 9, 2012

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