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  1. Study Links Antidepressants and Birth Defects

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research provides more evidence of a possible link between antidepressant use early in pregnancy and a small increased risk of birth defects. But the study didn't prove that the medications cause birth defects, and e

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  2. Epilepsy Linked to Risks During Childbirth

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women with epilepsy may have more than a higher risk of dying during delivery, a new study suggests. "Specifically, there were 80 deaths per 100,000 women with epilepsy versus six deaths per 100,000 in women with

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  3. One Stillbirth Greatly Raises Odds for Another

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women who've had one stillbirth have a four times higher risk of having another stillbirth compared to women who've had a live birth, British researchers report. The researchers noted that the overall risk of stillbir

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  4. Docs Should Discourage Pot During Pregnancy: ACOG

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors should discourage women from using marijuana during pregnancy, due to the potential effects that pot's active ingredients can have on a child's brain development, new guidelines state. The recommendation was rele

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  5. Can You Take Antidepressants While Pregnant?

    June 12, 2015 -- If you're pregnant (or are trying to be) and you have depression, you might wonder if it's safe to take medicine to boost your mood. Will antidepressants harm your baby? Spend a day online and the ping-pong reports of their safety during pregnancy could make your head spin. The issu

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  6. IUD for New Mothers Reduces Unintended Pregnancies

    June 9, 2015 -- Giving new mothers an intrauterine device (IUD) at childbirth can help reduce unintended pregnancies, a new study says. Typically, new mothers are told to wait six weeks before they see their doctor about birth control, but half have resumed having sex by then, according to The New Y

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  7. New Moms Gain No Benefit From Eating Placenta

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- While some celebrity moms swear by it and have made it trendy, doctors and scientists say consuming the placenta after birth offers women and their babies no benefit. In fact, the practice -- known as placentophagy -- may

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  8. More Evidence C-Sections Riskier for Moms

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women who deliver their first baby by cesarean section are more likely to need blood transfusions and be admitted to intensive care units than women who opt for a vaginal delivery, U.S. health officials reported Wednes

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  9. Does Mom's Cell Phone Startle the Fetus?

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The sounds emitted by cellphones carried by pregnant women may rattle the sleep-and-wake cycles of their fetuses, new research suggests. The finding is based on a small study that tracked fetal reactions to repetitive cellph

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  10. Unsupervised Home Births on the Rise: Study

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Home births without a midwife or doctor present -- which have been linked to increased risk of infant death and disease -- have jumped 79 percent in the United States in recent years, researchers report. The actual number

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