Autistic individuals are extra weak to melancholy and anxiousness throughout being pregnant, in response to new analysis from the College of Cambridge. The outcomes are printed within the Journal of Autism and Developmental Issues and have essential implications for supporting autistic individuals throughout being pregnant.
Within the examine, led by researchers on the Autism Analysis Centre, 524 non-autistic individuals and 417 autistic individuals accomplished an internet survey about their expertise of being pregnant. Anybody who was pregnant on the time of responding or had beforehand given start was eligible to participate.
The examine revealed that autistic mother and father have been round thrice extra possible than non-autistic mother and father to report having skilled prenatal melancholy (9% of non-autistic mother and father and 24% of autistic mother and father) and anxiousness (14% of non-autistic mother and father and 48% of autistic mother and father).
Autistic respondents additionally skilled decrease satisfaction with being pregnant healthcare. Autistic respondents have been much less more likely to belief professionals, really feel that professionals took their questions and issues severely, really feel that professionals handled them respectfully, and be glad with how info was introduced to them in appointments. Moreover, autistic respondents have been extra more likely to expertise sensory points throughout being pregnant and extra more likely to really feel overwhelmed by the sensory setting of prenatal appointments.
Dr. Sarah Hampton, lead researcher on the examine, mentioned: “This examine means that autistic individuals are extra weak to psychological well being difficulties throughout being pregnant. It’s crucial that efficient psychological well being screening and help is obtainable for autistic individuals throughout being pregnant.”
Dr. Rosie Holt, a member of the analysis group, added: “The outcomes additionally recommend that autistic individuals could profit from lodging to prenatal healthcare. These could embody changes to the sensory setting of healthcare settings, in addition to changes to how info is communicated throughout prenatal appointments.”
Dr. Carrie Allison, Deputy Director of the Autism Analysis Centre and a member of the group, mentioned: “We’re grateful to members of the autistic group for offering suggestions after we designed this analysis. It’s vital that autistic individuals with lived expertise assist form the analysis we do, and we hold their priorities as a transparent focus.”
Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, Director of the Autism Analysis Centre and a member of the analysis group, mentioned: “It can be crucial that extra analysis is carried out trying on the experiences of autistic new mother and father, who’ve been uncared for in analysis. Additionally it is essential that this analysis is translated into well being and social care coverage and apply to make sure these mother and father obtain the help and variations they want in a well timed method.”
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Sarah Hampton et al, Autistic Folks’s Perinatal Experiences I: A Survey of Being pregnant Experiences, Journal of Autism and Developmental Issues (2022). DOI: 10.1007/s10803-022-05754-1
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Autistic individuals are extra more likely to expertise melancholy and anxiousness throughout being pregnant (2022, October 26)
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