When I was in college, we discussed the time of year associated with births and schizophrenia. There are studies on it! I should look them up again…at the time my son wasn’t dx yet. I was just paying attention for the exam, and because my mom and brother were dx with scz. My son was already born though…
and he was born in January. Labor was induced as I lived far out in a rural area, and the storms were terrible. They were concerned I would have to be helicopter flown in if they didn’t induce. (I was thinking about the bill, they were thinking about flying in a snow storm!! Hmmm, selfish much?)
I also tested positive for “strep” with some letter attached. I needed antibiotic on board with both deliveries for my sons.
Also: our sons are exactly 1 year, and several hours apart in birth. There is a theory that tandem births of boys somehow correlates to scz. For us, it is clearly genetic…but timing of pregnancy/birth, infection, troubled delivery and close birth order contribute as well.
I was told I would never conceive. After first boy was born, we were still “talking about” birth control. Nope, second pregnancy was announced at follow up exam for first son.
When I found out I was pregnant with first son, I had just had cancerous polyps removed from my colon. I’m high risk for cancer in that region, as my Dad had colon cancer. I’ve had several polyps removed that were cancerous, several times over the years. (4 colonoscopies already, overdue for the 5th). I also have (unrelated in theory) severe IBS.
It was a bad birth for our son who is dx. Cord was wrapped around his throat several times. He was baby blue, and badly bruised. He whimpered non stop for the first 24 hours, which caused a ped Dr to be called in to observe. He could stay with us, but he whimpered so much, it was disconcerting.
I had my tubes tied. TWO babies… one year and a few hours apart? I was in my 30’s and knew I was no longer “infertile”. We laughed at the time of course. Incidentally, we had a farm during the time of our second sons conception and birth. That year every single creature reproduced by the dozens. Chickens, pigs, goats, peacocks, ducks, coyotes…they all reproduced. Us included it seems. Our neighbors reported the same with their livestock. The state livestock boards reported the same increase.
Dr was the same for both births. He said we should market the well water we drank.