I am wondering if anyone knows much about amniocentesis testing during pregnancy, mainly if it can detect autism? My husband and I are older, I am 34 and he is 43. From what I have read older males who impregnate someone have a higher risk of an autistic child?
I am aware of amniocentesis and that it can detect birth defects, but I wasn’t sure if it could only detect down syndrome etc or if it was sensitive enough to detect autism? I’m not pregnant yet as this worries both of us. Judge me all you want but I wouldn’t want my happy life ruined by an autistic child so if there was any chance of that happening I’d abort, without question. My biggest fear is if they are born with autism or any other form of retardation if you can sort of ‘adopt’ them out? I mean no testing is guaranteed so there is that off chance. I also know some friends who kids turned out to be autistic and they didn’t know until they were nearly 3, are you able to adopt a child out at that age? What help is there to parents who no longer want their kids?
There must be something in place for this type of thing. Worries me how there is so much autism and how people just brush it off as normal. Autism isn’t normal as much as parents of autistic children want to believe it is. I have friends with children aged 10+ and they bite! My dog doesn’t even bite, not normal. Saddest part is they brush it off as sensory issues and don’t even punish him so you are just suppose to sit there getting bitten? I’m sorry but at 34, travelling the world, making well over 6 digits, I don’t want to give it all up for poop smears on the wall. Some people find that endearing, I do not.
If we do decide to get pregnant I am hopeful for a well rounded, intelligent kid who plays sports and is just all around a ‘cool kid’. I worry about getting a loser :/ I’d be disappointed haha