Number 11: The Pregnancy and The Birth (page 19 English, page 36 French)
In these two sections, I’m asking questions to see if certain things happened during the pregnancy and birth that may set a child up for a “gut ghetto”, leading to constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux, sleep troubles, irritability, aggression and language problems to name a few.
Did you have a C-Section, take an antibiotic, or did your baby get an antibiotic in the hospital? No guilt here! You haven’t done anything wrong, there is no blame to distribute. Don’t waste any time feeling like you coulda-shoulda-woulda. Get over it and get on with helping your child We are action people! I use these sections to confirm what I am getting ready to suggest at the end of the visit. I almost always start with good GI support, and these questions just confirm that clinical conviction.
You may have had a perfect pregnancy and birth, not a whiff of antibiotics, no C-section, and still have a child with GI problems. That’s because people on the spectrum are often prone to these problems anyway.
Either way, all this means is that, yep, you definitely want to do the GI Support Protocol in Chapter 6. Write that down and move on to the next section. If you’re anxious to get started on the GI Support, here’s a link to how to quick start that process while you are still reading the book and the blog.