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  1. More Pregnant Women on Painkillers, Heroin: Study

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The proportion of women dependent on drugs such as narcotic painkillers or heroin during pregnancy has more than doubled in the past decade and a half, a new study finds, though it still remains below a half-percent of all

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  2. Whooping Cough Shot Seems Safe in Pregnancy: Study

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Getting a tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) vaccine during the last trimester of pregnancy is safe for the fetus, a new study has found. The Tdap vaccine doesn't increase an expecting mothers' risk of preterm delivery

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  3. Premature Births Down, But Still High: Reports

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Preterm births in the United States fell to 11.4 percent in 2013, the lowest rate in 17 years, the March of Dimes reported Thursday. And an unrelated U.S. study finds more good news: Since 2005, the rate of preterm deli

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  4. Kidney, Urinary Defects Tied to Moms' Obesity

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 4 (HealthDay News) -- A woman's odds of having a baby with kidney and urinary tract birth defects are higher if she's obese, new research suggests. Such defects include being born with a single kidney, having kidney swelling or enlarged ureters, th

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  5. Egg Freezing for a Future Pregnancy: What to Know

    Oct. 29, 2014 -- Soon after Apple and Facebook announced plans to offer workers egg freezing as a health plan benefit, debates began about whether this newest corporate-America perk is good or bad for women, the workplace, and motherhood. No matter what side you take in that debate, you may have que

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  6. Chemical May Affect Boys' Genital Development

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to a common plastics' chemical during pregnancy may have effects on genital development in baby boys, a small study hints. Researchers found that baby boys born to moms with greater exposure to a chemical called D

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  7. More Kids Harmed by Pregnant Drinking Than Thought

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although drinking during pregnancy has long been considered taboo, new research suggests that as many as one in 20 U.S. children may have health or behavioral problems related to alcohol exposure before birth. The study foun

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  8. Nearly 1 in 3 U.S. Babies Delivered by C-Section

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cesarean delivery was the most common inpatient surgery in the United States in 2011 and was used in nearly one-third of all deliveries, research shows. The new study found that 1.3 million babies were delivered by cesar

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  9. Gestational Diabetes May Affect Daughter's Weight

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Daughters of women who developed gestational diabetes while pregnant may be at increased risk for being obese later in childhood, a new study suggests. The research included more than 400 girls in California who were fol

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  10. Traffic Pollution May Be a Risk While Pregnant

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children of mothers exposed to high levels of traffic air pollution during pregnancy may be at increased risk for lung damage, according to a new study. Researchers tested the lung function of 620 children in Spain when t

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