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    1. Too Few Pregnant Women Get Whooping Cough Vaccine

      By Margaret Farley Steele HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- To protect newborns from whooping cough, U.S. health officials advise all women to get vaccinated against the infection during pregnancy. But researchers report that too few do. This Michigan-based study of wom

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    2. Could Low Iron Intake During Pregnancy Raise Autism Risk?

      By Barbara Bronson Gray HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- It's something every pregnant woman wonders: What can I do to help ensure a healthy baby? New research suggests that taking iron supplements as prescribed may play a role in reducing the risk of having a child with

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    3. Why Pregnant Women Get Sicker From Flu

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women appear to have an unusually strong immune response to the flu, according to a new study. And this strong immune response may help explain why pregnant women get sicker from the flu than other health

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    4. Chemicals in Plastics Tied to Asthma Risk in Kids

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure in the womb to household chemicals known as phthalates might increase a child's future risk of developing asthma, Columbia University researchers reported in a new study. Children had nearly an 80 percent in

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    5. Study Questions Antidepressants-Miscarriage Link

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Some studies have found that women who use common antidepressants early in pregnancy face a raised risk of miscarriage, but new research suggests the link might be better explained by the depression, rather than the drugs th

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    6. Breast Milk May Protect Against Newborn Disease

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A protein in breast milk that is not found in infant formula may protect newborns from a potentially deadly gastrointestinal disease, a new study suggests. Breast milk contains the protein neuregulin-4 (NRG4), whi

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    7. Duchess Kate & Prince William Expecting 2nd Baby

      Sept. 8, 2014 -- The duchess of Cambridge is pregnant with her second child, and is again having severe morning sickness. The official announcement came from the royal London residence Clarence House, which also tweeted the news: "Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very ple

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    8. Give Aspirin to All Pregnant Women at Risk of This?

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women at high risk for the pregnancy complication known as preeclampsia should take low-dose aspirin daily after 12 weeks of pregnancy, a panel of U.S. health experts recommends. The recommendation came after the U.S. Pr

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    9. Pregnancy Brain: Myth or Reality?

      You may have heard about little bouts of forgetfulness during pregnancy. It's sometimes called momnesia or sometimes "pregnancy brain." At least one Australian study has cast doubt on whether there is such a thing as pregnancy brain. But what if it's real? What can you do about it while you're pregn

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    10. Childbirth: The Stages of Delivery

      Unlike in the movies, labor and delivery isn't always scripted. No one knows exactly what triggers labor, though hormones are suspected to play a role. And though labor is divided into three stages, each woman may not go through it the same way. For first-time moms, labor can last 12 to 24 hours on

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