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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Pregnancy Weight Gain Guidelines Explained

    A nutrition expert explains what you need to know about the latest guidelines on pregnancy weight gain.

  4. 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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  5. Excess Weight, Diabetes Raise Risk of Big Babies

    Aug. 14, 2012 -- Women who are overweight or obese at the start of pregnancy are much more likely than healthy-weight women to deliver large babies, according to new research. That's true, the researchers found, even if the women did not develop gestational diabetes, a known risk factor for deliveri

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  6. What to Avoid When You're Expecting

    Just about everyone who spots your baby bump has some nugget of advice, and that often includes products to steer clear of. But before you toss every cleaning and beauty item in your house, you need to know which warnings are worth heeding and which are misguided. Tracey Woodruff, PhD, MPH, associat

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  7. Computers Hurt Kids' Eyes

    March 26, 2002 -- At home and at school, kids are glued to computers -- getting eye fatigue that could cause premature nearsightedness, or myopia, says one group of researchers.  Optometrists at eight centers across the country analyzed 253 children, questioning them about computer habits and eye fa

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  8. More Than a Third of Babies Unintended

    July 24, 2012 -- More than one-third of births in the U.S. are the result of an unplanned pregnancy, according to a CDC study. Despite a decrease in unplanned pregnancies among white women, researchers say the number of unintended births has remained steady at about 37% of all births since 1982. "Th

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  9. 8 Early Signs of Pregnancy

    Wondering if you're pregnant? A pregnancy test is the way to know for sure. But what if it's too soon for accurate results? You may notice some subtle signs of pregnancy -- fatigue, nausea, frequent urination, and breast tenderness. Here's some expert advice on how to respond to these symptoms if yo

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  10. What’s in a (Baby) Name?

    Debating about what to name your baby? Put yourself in the child's shoes. Picture your child not as a cute baby but as a grown-up bearing the name you picked. "My No. 1 tip is to stop and pretend you're naming yourself," Laura Wattenberg, author of The Baby Name Wizard, says. "If you're starting out

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