Scientists in Israel have reported a strong link between IVF and mild to moderate cases of autism. In their study, 10.5% of 461 children diagnosed with a disorder on the autism spectrum were conceived using IVF, a significantly higher number than the 3.5% autism rate in the general Israeli population.
Well, now I know what I’ll be obsessing about once I make it through that pivotal first trimester. But then my anxieties have always operated like a soda machine. No sooner does one issue get reconciled, the next one drops down.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about all the things that can go wrong, particularly because I’ve been too nauseated to take pre-natal vitamins. What if my baby has webbed feet, or an over-sized forehead? What if her legs are turned so far inward, they have to be broken in order for her to walk properly? And what about his spine? That’s a lot of vertebrae to get right. What if one or two don’t grow? Rickets, you say? Damn. I forgot about that.
It’s hard to imagine some parents fret about how well their kid is doing at soccer. I just want her to have five fingers and toes and be able to hold her head upright on her own. Oh, and please god, just don’t make him bucket ugly. I don’t mind if he’s not the most handsome in the pack, but I don’t want people to run down the street screaming when they see him.