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  1. Is Natural Birth for You?

    Having a baby is a little like getting married, in the sense that every pregnant woman has a vision of how her labor will unfold. You might picture yourself in a modern hospital delivery room, pain-free and supported by every medical aid available. Or you might envision a more natural scene: giving

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  2. Babies Listen and Learn While in the Womb

    Jan. 3, 2013 -- Sometimes she just tells him about her day. Other times, Ruthie W. rubs her pregnant belly and tells her future son that she can’t wait to meet him (which should be any day now). And a new study shows that he not only hears his mom, but may understand her and is already learning lang

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  3. Antidepressants During Pregnancy: Safe?

    Jan. 1, 2013 -- Antidepressant use during pregnancy, long debated for its safety, is linked with a higher overall risk of stillbirth and newborn death. Now, a new study shows that risk may not be warranted. "After taking maternal characteristics such as smoking and maternal age into account, as well

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  4. 7 Pregnancy Warning Signs

    You may wonder what symptoms during pregnancy warrant immediate medical attention and what symptoms can wait until your next prenatal visit. Always ask your doctor at your visits about your concerns. But keep in mind some symptoms do need swift attention. Bleeding means different things throughout y

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  5. Kate and William Expecting First Baby

    Dec. 3, 2012 -- Prince William and  Catherine Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting their first baby. The announcement from St. James's Palace was made earlier than normal because Catherine is in the hospital with an acute form of morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum. She is n

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  6. How Do You Want to Deliver Your Baby?

    Your baby's kicks and stretches are a daily reminder that you'll soon get to see your little one's smile. The type of birth experience you want is a very personal decision. Do you want a natural childbirth in a home-like setting? Or would you feel more comfortable with all the conveniences of modern

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  7. Are Common Chemicals Affecting Your Fertility?

    Nov. 14, 2012 -- Many couples try month after month to become pregnant, and new research suggests that for some, the delay may be related to their exposure to chemicals found in the soil, water, and food supply. These chemicals, called persistent organochlorine pollutants, may persist in the environ

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  8. Pregnant Women: Get a Whooping Cough Vaccine

    Oct. 24, 2012 -- Women should get a Tdap shot during every pregnancy to protect their infant from whooping cough, even if they have had Tdap shots before, new guidelines advise. Today's recommendation comes from the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the panel that sets U.S.

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  9. Are You Ready to Have Children?

    Some choices (Paper or plastic? Coffee or espresso? "The X Factor" or "The Voice"?) are easy. But some, like when to have a baby, can be more of a challenge. "When my husband, Bret, and I started to discuss having a baby, we lived in California, while my family was back on the East Coast," says Cale

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  10. Vitamin D in Pregnancy May Be Key for Baby's Brain

    Sept. 20, 2012 -- Babies score higher on development tests if their moms get enough vitamin D during pregnancy, according to a Spanish study. But this is also not a cause for healthy women to start worrying. Nearly 2,000 mothers and their babies participated in the study, which found that inadequate

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