Maternal prenatal weight gain and autism spectrum disorders.

  title={Maternal prenatal weight gain and autism spectrum disorders.},
  author={Deborah A. Bilder and Amanda V. Bakian and Joseph Viskochil and Erin A. S. Clark and Elizabeth L Botts and Ken Smith and Richard G Pimentel and William M. McMahon and Hilary Coon},
  volume={132 5},
BACKGROUND The rising population of individuals identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) calls for further investigation of its underlying etiology. A disturbance in the fetal steroid hormone environment may be a mechanism in which environmental and genetic risk factors interact. The mother, fetus, and placenta collectively create the fetal steroid environment. Prepregnancy BMI and pregnancy weight gain have served as markers for fetal steroid hormone exposure in other disease states… CONTINUE READING
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