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For Those Of You Who Have Firstborn Children On The Spectrum, Did/Have/Will You Have More Children? If So,why Or Why Not?

For Those Of You Who Have Firstborn Children On The Spectrum, Did/Have/Will You Have More Children? If So,why Or Why Not?

My daughter is HFA and is the only child. I also have sibs who are Moderate/Severe autistic. My husband and I talk about having more children after I finish getting my degree,but I can't take the risk. It seems that ASD runs in my family and everyday I look at my child and KNOW that my genetics caused her to be on the spectrum. My question is for those who only have one child, or… read more

A MyAutismTeam Member said:

I have a 12 y/o. We wanted to have more, tried but it has ultimately not been on our terms. And after years, the thought of another child has been pushed out of both of our minds. My son requires so much of my time and energy that I think it would be unfair to a sibling to get lost. Good luck with your decision, its not easy.

posted about 8 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

i have one child and she is on the spectrum, and she is now 5yo and my doctor has asked am I planning on having more children and I can admit I'm nervous but want to so bad. I'm trying to rely on God to give me peace if having another child is my final choice.

posted over 8 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

@A MyAutismTeam Member....It crossses my mind so much!!! I understand where you are comming from!

edited, originally posted over 8 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

We have a second child. We just felt at peace to try again. He is not on the spectrum though there are a few things that definitely are symptoms but only a few. Symptoms run in our families, but my oldest is the first one to ever have more than just a few symptoms, thus the Asperger's diagnosis.

I had a difficult first pregnancy which included 8 weeks bed rest due to high BP and low amniotic fluid. I knew that between kids there had been research done that indicated why I had problems with the first pregnancy. In the end I was tested and a cause found. I was able to take blood thinners and had a "normal" second pregnancy. That factor helped us feel more comfortable with having a second child.

posted over 8 years ago
A MyAutismTeam Member said:

My son is the second child and he is severe. So we just didn't have the time / money / energy to care for another child. My thought is that I would have to neglect my existing 2 children in order to have a third. As it is, I can barely keep up still.

posted over 8 years ago
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