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  1. Preparing for Pregnancy Emotionally

    Are you ready to have a baby? There's no specific time that's right for everyone, but there are several factors to consider: Some people want to wait until just the right moment to start a family. You might worry that you haven't saved enough money or you haven't gotten the promotion you've been hop

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  2. Stress During Pregnancy, Heart Risk for Baby?

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 25 (HealthDay News) -- Stress in mothers before and during pregnancy may boost the risk of congenital heart defects in their children, more new evidence suggests. But the findings aren't conclusive, and the effect -- if it exists -- appears to be sma

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  3. Can Your Stress Affect Your Fetus?

    Bringing a new person into the world is no easy task. You worry about everything. Are the foods you eat healthy enough? Is it safe to exercise? How will you juggle work and parenthood once baby arrives? Some stress during pregnancy is normal, just as it is during other times of life. But if stress b

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  4. Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy May Affect Baby

    March 13, 2013 -- Babies of moms who take antidepressants have a slightly higher risk of being born preterm and other problems. But the risk to the mom and baby of stopping antidepressants may outweigh the risks of using them, new research suggests. The research, an analysis of 23 studies, shows tha

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  5. What It Costs to Have a Baby

    If you're thinking about having a baby, you're probably thinking of the joy of holding your newborn in your arms -- not the financial costs. But sooner or later, you run into the expenses involved with a pregnancy. And although the experience of becoming a parent is priceless, you'll also want to ma

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  6. C-Section Rates Vary Widely at U.S. Hospitals

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 4 (HealthDay News) -- Some U.S. hospitals have a rate of cesarean deliveries 10 times higher than other hospitals, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from 593 hospitals with at least 100 births in 2009 and found that cesarean rates at the h

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  7. Do You Want to Deliver Your Baby Early?

    The last few weeks of pregnancy are very important for your baby’s development. “For years, we thought babies born at 37 or 38 weeks were fine,” says Scott Berns, MD, deputy medical director of the March of Dimes. But over the last 10 years, experts have learned that’s not true. “Babies born even a

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  8. Caffeine Linked to Low-Birth-Weight Babies

    Feb. 19, 2013 -- New research suggests that caffeine is linked to low-birth-weight babies and that drinking coffee is linked to a longer pregnancy. The report suggests that drinking 200-300 milligrams of caffeine per day raised the risk of a baby being born small by between 27% and 62%. Smaller babi

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  9. C-Section, Formula May Not Be Best for Baby's Gut

    By Amanda Gardner HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Being born by cesarean section has been tied to higher risks for various health problems in children, and now a new study finds these babies also have fewer "good" bacteria in their digestive tract. Similarly, babies who were e

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  10. CDC to Pregnant Women: Get Whooping Cough Vaccine

    MONDAY, Jan. 28 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics have released new vaccine guidelines for 2013. One change is a recommendation for women to receive a dose of the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine with each pregnancy. Anot

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