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  1. After Miscarriage: How Long Should You Wait?

    The first time Stephanie Himel-Nelson got pregnant, in October 2000, it was by accident. She was in law school, and her delivery date was scheduled to fall during her bar exam. "I was really torn and conflicted about it," she recalls. It was only when she miscarried that Himel-Nelson and her husband

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  2. Abnormal BMI Tips Scale Toward Pregnancy Complications, Study Says

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Sept. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women with a body-mass index (BMI) that is too low or too high are at increased risk for complications and additional hospitalization, according to a new Scottish study. BMI is a measurement of body fat based on height

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  3. Life With Twins: Leslie Glass's Story

    Leslie Glass, 33, and her husband, Heath, have three children. Garrett, age 5, was conceived without assisted reproduction. Toddler twins Bella and Madi were conceived through IVF after Leslie suffered ectopic pregnancies and doctors warned the couple not to try to get pregnant on their own again. T

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  4. Some Painkillers Tied to Certain Birth Defects

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 10 (HealthDay News) -- Women taking prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin, Vicodin and Percocet early in pregnancy are twice as likely to give birth to babies with devastating neural tube defects such as spina bifida, a new study suggests. De

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  5. First Trimester Problems: When to Call Your Doctor

    You're expecting! It's an emotional and exciting time, especially if it's your first baby. You're going to notice a lot of changes in your body. Many of them are perfectly normal. And most women have healthy pregnancies. Still, there are some symptoms you'll need to pay more attention to during your

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  6. Drinking During Early Pregnancy

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking alcohol during and even beyond the first trimester of pregnancy doesn't seem to raise the risk of premature delivery, low birth weight or size, or high blood pressure complications for the mother, a new study claims. The s

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  7. More U.S. Women Having Kids in Their 30s and 40s: Report

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Sept. 6 (HealthDay News) -- More women are waiting until later in life to have children, U.S. health officials reported Friday. The birth rate for women in their 30s and early 40s rose in 2012, even as birth rates for teenagers and young adults declined

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  8. Chlamydia, Gonorrhea Tied to Higher Risk of Pregnancy Complications

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Women with chlamydia or gonorrhea infections before or during pregnancy are at increased risk for pregnancy complications such as stillbirth and premature birth, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 3

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  9. Use of Low-Dose Steroid Creams During Pregnancy Won't Affect Baby: Study

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 4, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Women who apply prescription steroid creams such as cortisone to ease a medical issue during pregnancy should not worry that the medication will affect their baby, a new study finds. "Cortisone [creams] can be a

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  10. Anti-Fungal Drug Not Tied to Most Birth Defects: Study

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug 28 (HealthDay News) -- Although some reports have shown that high doses of the anti-fungal drug fluconazole (Diflucan) may raise the risk of birth defects, a new Danish review finds that more commonly prescribed lower doses of the medicine do not

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