Autism Linked to Preeclampsia During Pregnancy

As autism rates continue to rise in the U.S., researchers are searching for reasons why. Even though children don’t typically show signs of autism until a few years after birth, some of the most significant risk factors may actually be encountered in-utero.

A new study finds children born to mothers who had preeclampsia — a complication during pregnancy in which a mother develops high blood pressure and often kidney damage — are as much as twice as likely to develop autism spectrum disorder.

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