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Did you have a difficult birth?
Poll ended at 16 Feb 2008, 4:28 am
Yes 36%  36%  [ 18 ]
No 32%  32%  [ 16 ]
Yes and no one else in my family has AS 20%  20%  [ 10 ]
No and no one else in my family has AS 8%  8%  [ 4 ]
Unsure/was never told if I did 4%  4%  [ 2 ]
Total votes : 50

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06 Feb 2008, 6:09 pm

C-section birth.
And based on what I was told by my mother, I apparently experienced some kind of "shock" shortly before being born, which caused me to defecate while in the womb. The doctor was initially worried that I might have accidentally ingested feces, which perhaps would have led to some kind of brain damage/trauma.

At the age of 7 months, I was taken to see a specialist, who determined that I didn't have any kind of brain damage/trauma.



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06 Feb 2008, 8:28 pm

Dunno, I've never given birth...

Mind you, being male, I'm sure if I did, it would be damned difficult. :twisted:


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06 Feb 2008, 8:35 pm

No idea.


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06 Feb 2008, 9:01 pm

Long labor (16 hours), rapid delivery but, otherwise, my birth wasn't a difficult one.



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06 Feb 2008, 9:05 pm

I was one of twins. My brother was going feet first and I was going head first at the same time, so they had to do a C-Section to prevent BIG problems. My twin brother (Classic Autism) refused to breathe for the first 4 mins of life until an emergency operation of some sort was done. I was pretty much ok though, but my mother became very ill with a heart condition afterward. They gave her a 10% chance of living, and she did. The hospital said they'd never seen someone recover the way she had.



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06 Feb 2008, 9:23 pm

My husband and I are both autistic and our mothers had uneventful births. My children are both autistic and I had perfect deliveries, without even a drop of pain medication to assist me.


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06 Feb 2008, 9:40 pm

richardbenson wrote:
yes. i was in fetal distress for 10 minutes (ublicol cord was wrapped around my neck) obviously what i was saying is "i dont want to be born" :lol: , and had to be deliverd by emergency c-section


Same thing happened to me. I was in fetal distress with the umbilicle cord around my neck and was breach [coming out feet first]...also premature. When born [by emergency c-section], I weighed a little under 3 pound. So...a pretty traumatic birth for me.
However, there are other cases of ASD in my family...so i'm not sure which one contributed to my AS [my birth or genetics].


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06 Feb 2008, 10:28 pm

Yes, I was born with a bump on the head. Apparently, the doctor was running late, assuming my mom wasn't really in contractions yet, so my mom actually held back waiting.



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06 Feb 2008, 10:35 pm

My son who is dx AS had a pretty traumatic birth. He tried to come at 25 weeks. Got him to hold off until Thanksgiving and ended up in the hospital on my back until a week after Christmas. Apparently there was no amniotic fulid in the sac when I finally went into labour, it had been leaking slowly out throughout my pregnancy, I guess. He became very distressed during labour and his heartbeat kept dipping dangerously low. I was having labour in both my front and in my back (the back labour was unmonitored, and no one seemed to realise what was going on with it or that I was even having it). He wedged his feet under my ribcage and pushed himself out finally. They gave me demerol at some point which I had a severe allergic reaction to. That helped things immensely. NOT.

So, it was pretty traumatic for both of us. I think that this difficult birth definitely had alot to do with his sensory issues. How could you come into the world like that and not have sensory issues?


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06 Feb 2008, 10:57 pm

My birth was difficult. I wasn't premature, I actually was like a week late. My mom was 18 hours on labor, and I think for a brief moment oxygen stopped coming to my head. They had to do a c-section, and I was born with Respiratory Difficulty Syndrome. Nonetheless, I cried and the sound filled the hospital. My dad says there were three parents, and the nurse told them "you had a girl, you had a boy... and the girl who's crying so loud is your daughter, mister". He also says for the first two years of my life, he didn't sleep well because he spent the nights trying to make me sleep (and failing miserably).

I had a big head when I was born, and I still have it. It's embarrasing trying a shirt that would fit me perfectly and not being able to wear it because it can't go past my head. And finding caps or hats isn't easy.

I'm the only person I know who has AS (really!), but there's a history of giftedness in both sides of my family. My dad's 16 years older than my mom, and they had me rather late in life (he was 49 and she was 34 when I was born). My dad's a very reserved person, and he may have some traits, though not to the point of autism. My mom is a natural extrovert, like my siblings.



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06 Feb 2008, 11:52 pm

Preeclampsia, then born three weeks early



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07 Feb 2008, 6:17 am

nobodyzdream wrote:
Reyairia wrote:
LynnInVa wrote:
i'm nt - my dd was born at 25 weeks - pretty traumatic first 3 months of life for her. had developmental delays as any other very low birth weight baby - for as much trauma she suffered in the beginning, she is physically very healthy.


What's a DD?


curious as well. I've seen GFG (gift from God, I think it means) used a lot on some other parenting forums, but never dd.



gah! i don't know why I wrote DD, stands for "dear daughter"- sorry for the confusion!!



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07 Feb 2008, 11:25 am

Yes. I was born weighing 10lbs. 2oz.; too big for my momma's va-j-j. I got stuck in the birthing canal and the doc was going to break my shoulders to get me out... I guess he used the forceps as well, and now I my head is shaped a little differently.



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07 Feb 2008, 11:57 am

With my oldest brother, he almost died in birth somehow due to lack of oxygen, and my mother almost died with him. He was autistic.

My next brother was not too complicated. He was not autistic.

My mother when she got pregnant with me, because of age and what happened with the oldest, was told to abort but didn't. It was a difficult pregnancy involving pre-eclampsia and not being able to move for the last trimester and I think a little before it. I also moved in the womb differently than she was used to with babies. I was induced at what seems to have been the earliest opportunity where it would not be seen as causing damage to me. And I am autistic. (I was small, definitely not hard to actually get out the hole compared to my brothers, and was born before any of the hospital people knew I'd arrived.)

But I don't think that we're autistic because of difficult births, because it runs in our family as well, our father is autistic, as is our uncle on the other side, and many others further back. I think my brother's coordination problems are more severe than the rest of us because of his difficult birth though. (I had some problems with motor skills but not the same kind he did -- he was all-around clumsy, whereas I had trouble with motor skills in a bit more higher-up way, like motor planning and such, and with the difference between voluntary and automatic movement starting out wider than usual and getting more and more wide as time went on.)


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07 Feb 2008, 8:20 pm

I was an induced labor, a week overdue, they said. But when I came out I was actually premie weight (under 5 pounds) and they called in a pediatrician to examine me, they didn't tell my mom why. They weren't real concerned with the weight issue because my family tends to be small anyway. Mom smoked and drank while she was pregnant, it was the 50's and they weren't as aware as they are today of the dangers. I also had the hard measles when I was a baby (not the rubella or what they used to call 3-day measles, this is the kind you don't hear much about now). But there are people on my mom's side of the family who definitely show Asperger's traits, so it's a toss-up between environmental and genetic causes. Can't do anything about it now anyway.