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Welcome to Autistic and Pregnant

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This site has been set up to provide information and relate-able experiences for pregnant women that are also on the autistic spectrum.

My name is Katrina and I was diagnosed with Autism when I was 21 years old. My life had been a constant struggle prior to my diagnosis. I couldn't understand my behaviour and I couldn't understand why, despite all the therapy and counselling, I couldn't 'get better'. Receiving a diagnosis allowed me to accept who I am and enabled me to understand myself and this in turn led to better understanding of the world around me and the people that occupied it. For me diagnosis was the starting point of a journey of understanding that would enable me to learn to love and respect myself. By understanding myself, I could help others to understand me and by doing this I have managed to build and maintain strong and healthy relationships after many years of trying and failing. Informat…
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The day I found out I was pregnant

I have been pregnant twice. My first pregnancy ended in miscarriage at 6 weeks. My second pregnancy has so far been successful. On both occasions the baby was very much planned and I was expecting a positive test, though that didn't prevent me from being surprised, shocked and a little fearful.

As we had agreed to try for a family I had been my usual logical self and had bought a pack of HCG pregnancy tests from Amazon. These were an affordable way for me to quell the constant 'am I pregnant?' anxiety. I was very aware that I was trying to get pregnant, to the point where it affected my everyday thought processes and certainly my attitude towards sex (more about that to follow).

From week three of every cycle I began testing every other day. I knew that the results would be unlikely to be accurate so early before a missed period but I was so concerned with the 'do's and don't s' of being pregnant that I needed to know if I were pregnant as soon as physicall…

Why I decided to stay on medication despite the risk to my unborn child

A bold title for a blog post but it's the truth. I'm not writing this post to cause controversy and I know that some people will not agree with the decision I made but for many people with a wide variety of health conditions it's a decision that needs to be made. As explained by my doctor, a lot of medication is not tested on pregnant women purely because of the ethics involved and because of that it's very difficult for medical professionals to know which medication is safe. Tests are performed on pregnant animals, something which doesn't sit well with me but I do understand the need for it. So often the best a doctor can tell you is how the medication affects animal fetuses and then it's down to you to decide if it's a risk worth taking.

Before we decided to try for a baby I spoke to a few doctors about the implications of staying on my medication and I got a very wide range of responses. I have been taking 100mg Sertraline daily for many years now and ha…

Welcome To Autistic and Pregnant

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This site has been set up to provide information and relate-able experiences for pregnant women that are also on the autistic spectrum.

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I will be updating the site as I go through my pregnancy. I will also be sharing my earlier experiences including my experience of miscarriage. Please check back on a regular basis or SUBSCRIBE via the link above so you don't miss a thing and thank you for supporting me on my journey to raise awareness about mothers on the autistic spectrum. We do exist, we just need people to know we do!