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    1. Smoking During Pregnancy and Schizophrenia Risk

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking during pregnancy may increase the risk that a child could develop schizophrenia, new research suggests. "This is, so far, the largest study to show an association between prenatal nicotine exposure and schizophrenia,"

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    2. Pot While Pregnant May Raise Premature Birth Risk

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking pot while pregnant may increase the risk of premature delivery, a new study suggests. Women who continue using marijuana up to 20 weeks' gestation have a five times greater increase in the risk of preterm birth

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    3. Folic Acid for Moms-to-Be as Effective as Thought?

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Fortifying cereals, grains and flour with folic acid has not protected against the risk of certain birth defects as much as experts thought it would, a large, new study suggests. At issue are neural tube defects, which include

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    4. Excess Folic Acid in Pregnancy Tied to Autism Risk

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women are encouraged to get plenty of folic acid in their diet or through vitamin supplements, to protect their babies against birth defects of the brain and spinal cord. But a new study suggests that excessiv

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    5. Are Mom’s Diet Drinks Boosting Baby’s Weight?

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women who drink artificially sweetened drinks every day may be more likely to give birth to heavier babies who are then more likely to become overweight children, researchers report. "Infants born to women who reg

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    6. Expectant Mom's Flu Shot Protects 2

      By Don Rauf HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When a pregnant woman gets vaccinated for the flu, the protection extends to her baby too, new research confirms. Babies 6 months and younger whose mothers had a flu vaccine during pregnancy were 70 percent less likely to have l

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    7. Mild Air Pollution of Concern in Pregnancy

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Being exposed to just a small amount of air pollution during pregnancy ups the risk of a pregnancy complication that can cause long-term health problems in children, a new study warns. "This study raises the concern tha

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    8. Fetus May Grow Too Fast in Obese or Diabetic Moms

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors have long known that pregnant women who are obese or have diabetes are more likely to have abnormally large babies. Now a new study suggests that this rapid fetal growth happens early in pregnancy. British researche

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    9. Short Gap Between Pregnancies Tied to Autism Risk?

      By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Spacing pregnancies in close succession may increase the risk of autism in children, a large new research review suggests. Examining existing research involving more than 1.1 million children, scientists also found tha

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    10. Pot Use in Pregnancy Tied to Low Birth Weight

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women who use marijuana may be putting their baby at risk for health problems, a new study suggests. A review of 24 studies found that pot use during pregnancy is potentially linked to delivering a baby with a

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