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    1. Traffic Pollution May Be a Risk While Pregnant

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children of mothers exposed to high levels of traffic air pollution during pregnancy may be at increased risk for lung damage, according to a new study. Researchers tested the lung function of 620 children in Spain when t

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    2. Could Vitamin D Make Childbirth Less Painful?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Low vitamin D levels could make childbirth more painful, according to a new study. Vitamin D deficiency is common during pregnancy, especially among high-risk women, including vegetarians, those with little sun exposure,

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    3. What Shots Do Moms-to-Be Need?

      If you're unlucky enough to come down with the flu, you'll probably feel miserable for a few days. But if you happen to be pregnant, you could get really sick -- sick enough to wind up in the hospital. You might even go into labor prematurely, or give birth to a smaller-than-normal baby. By arming y

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    4. Fried Foods and Gestational Diabetes Risk

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Regularly eating fried food before pregnancy may increase a woman's risk of developing diabetes during pregnancy, according to a new study. Researchers examined more than 21,000 single-child pregnancies in the United Stat

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    5. Fetal Exposure to Plastics Chemical and Future Risk

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure in pregnancy to a chemical commonly found in plastics and cans -- known as bisphenol A, or BPA -- may increase a child's risk of breathing problems, researchers say. In a study of nearly 400 pregnant women and th

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    6. Woman Gives Birth After Womb Transplant

      Oct. 3, 2014 -- A 36-year-old Swedish woman has given birth after getting a womb transplant, in what her doctors call a medical first. In a study that will be published Oct. 5 in The Lancet, doctors report the baby boy was born prematurely but healthy last month. Both the mother and her child are no

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    7. Pregnancy, Autoimmune Drugs and Infant Infections

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When given to pregnant women, a common treatment for ulcerative colitis may inadvertently lower their baby's ability to fight off infections at birth, new French research suggests. The treatment, called anti-TNF therapy, is an

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    8. Cancer Treatments in Pregnancy Safe: Small Studies

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children whose mothers undergo chemotherapy or radiation for cancer during pregnancy are not at increased risk for mental development or heart problems, two small studies suggest. Some doctors are reluctant to administer

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    9. Pre-Pregnancy Lifestyle and Gestational Diabetes

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Healthy lifestyle habits could prevent about half of all diabetes cases that develop during pregnancy, a new study finds. Researchers looked at data from more than 14,000 American women. They found that the strongest ris

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    10. 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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