Women's Health: Postpartum Community
26.1k Members
Avatar universal

Pregnant women and tourettes syndrome

Tourettes syndrome runs in my family.  My grandmother suffers from tics and my mother has a dx of TS.  I have suffered from tics since age 6.  I am now 27, and my husband and I are hoping to begin our family.  What are my chances of passing along this syndrome to my baby and is there anything I can do prior to or during my pregnancy to lessen the risks?
11 Responses
Avatar universal
A genetic counselor may be able to go over your family history and assess your risks.  Your OB-GYN should be able to give you a referral for preconception risk assessment.

I don't know that there is anything that can be done to prevent it, however.  Good luck to you!
Avatar universal
My wife is 11 weeks pregnant and she has tourettes. It seems that the heightened sense of smell she had before she was pregnant is now very much amplified.  Before she was pregnant, she was easily stressed out and had occasional anxiety attacks, and now that too is amplified.  Our doctor said that chronic anxiety should not hurt the baby.  I really don't think the doctors can tell you what the chances are of passing it along to your child.  The only research I have found concerning that indicates that sometimes it skips a generation, in other words even though your child may not have the symptoms of tourettes he or she will still carry the genes.  A prenatal blood test may show higher chances of tourettes because it detects the genes for it, but that doesn't mean the child will ever have the symptoms.  There is actually very little information about tourettes, at least from what I have been able to dig up.
Avatar universal
My daughter is 5 and has had tics since 2. She has not been officially diagnoses with Tourette however has been diagnosed with a tic disorder. From what i understand both sides of the family have to have some form of related neurological disorder . i.e OCD, ADHD, Tourette, etc. My daughter's father has Tourette (severe as a child, practically non-existant as an adult). I have slight OCD which runs in my family. I am sure at the next appointment with the ped neurologist the diagnosis will be official. I am just hoping and praying it goes away after puberty like it did with her father.
Avatar universal

My wife has a tic with anxiety and depression also she is pregnant in present situation for 12 weeks so may i know it will affect our baby or not.
Avatar universal
I just wanted to let everyone know that there is no brain test or laboratory test to determine if someone has Tourette's. As much as I would love to see it, unfortunately Frank, science has not arrived yet at an era for us to know on which chromosome it resides. I am a 27 year old female who also had it for most of my life. I am also pregnant and the fear of my child having it as well always scares me. However there is no way to predect it.  I have focused on Genetics in college enough to know about it.  Let me explain a little more.

Tourette’s disorder is one where both males and females are affected. A parent with TD or a parent who has the gene for TS has a 50/50 chance, with each pregnancy, to pass the gene on. Tourette’s particular gene does not manifest its symptoms in everyone. In other words, if a parent passes the gene on to a child, the child may not have any symptoms
of the disorder. If a daughter inherits the gene, there is a 70 percent chance that she will have at least one of the signs of TS. On the other hand, if a son inherits the gene, there is a 90 percent chance that he will have at least one of the signs of TS. Tourette’s is also associated with a non-genetic cause in 10 to 15 percent of children with this condition. Complications of pregnancy, low birth weight, head trauma, carbon monoxide poisoning and encephalitis are thought to be associated with the onset of non-genetic TS.

Hope this helps!

Avatar universal

I am 28 and pregnant.  My tourettes was much worse when I was a child and has improved greatly as an adult.  However, over the last couple of months (coinciding with my pregnancy) my tics have increased.  Is this normal?  Does stress, hormones, etc. cause this?  Any information is appreciated!


Popular Resources
From skin changes to weight loss to unusual bleeding, here are 15 cancer warning signs that women tend to ignore.
Here’s what you need to know about the transition into menopause – and life after the change takes place.
It’s more than just the “baby blues.“ Learn to recognize the signs of postpartum depression – and how to treat it.
Forget the fountain of youth – try flossing instead! Here are 11 surprising ways to live longer.
From STD tests to mammograms, find out which screening tests you need - and when to get them.
Find out if PRP therapy right for you.