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  1. Blood Test May Spot Genetic Disease in Fetuses

    June 6, 2012 -- Samples of blood and saliva from parents-to-be may help identify thousands of genetic disorders in fetuses soon after conception without invasive testing, researchers say. In a study published today in the journal Science Translational Medicine, researchers from the University of Was

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  2. Does Drinking Caffeine Increase Your Risk of Miscarriage?

    Q: I am pregnant and I can’t imagine giving up coffee, but my mother says I risk miscarriage. Is that really true? A: The answer is FALSE -- with some caveats. For years, obstetricians thought that even moderate caffeine consumption increased the risk of miscarriage. In fact, one study released in e

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  3. Car Seat Features

    You can't bring your baby home from the hospital without a car seat safely installed in your back seat. Before you embark on that confusing journey down the car seat aisle of your local baby supercenter, here are some features to look for:  A new car seat is always best. This is one baby item that y

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  4. Baby Swing Features

    A swing can magically calm even the fussiest baby. As it gently lulls your baby to sleep, you can finally get a few things done! But just like any other piece of baby gear, keeping your baby safe is of the utmost importance. Here are your choices when it comes to swings: A standard swing is made up

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  5. Baby Crib Features

    During the first few months of life, your baby will spend up to 20 hours each day asleep. That’s why it’s so important to buy a crib that’s comfy and safe. Search for these features when you shop for cribs: You don’t need the priciest crib. Safety is more important than the design or price of the cr

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  6. Baby Carrier Features

    Babies may look tiny, but they can get pretty heavy after you've been lugging them around all day! One way to keep baby close to you without straining your back is with a carrier. Carriers support your baby, keep your hands free, and give you more mobility than a bulky stroller.    Confused about wh

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  7. Rocker or Glider Features

    Babies love the soothing back-and-forth motion of a rocker. Moms love the calming effect it has on their crying infant -- and the chance to get off their feet and relax for a few minutes while they nurse. Rockers are a win-win, if you find the right one. Here's what to look for: Old-fashioned wooden

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  8. Baby Stroller Features

    Combo strollers, travel systems, umbrella strollers, jogging strollers -- which one should you buy? Before investing hundreds of dollars on the latest souped-up stroller model, consider your baby's safety and your travel needs. The stroller seat should recline all the way back for your newborn, and

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  9. Ultrasound (Standard) With Twins

    Who Gets the Test? Ultrasounds -- or sonograms -- are a common part of prenatal care. If you're having twins, you'll get ultrasounds more often than mothers of single babies. You've probably already had at least one. Usually, doctors confirm that a woman is having twins with an ultrasound. What the

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  10. Many Pregnant Women Fear Exercising

    May 10, 2012 -- Are you pregnant and afraid to exercise? Though exercise during pregnancy has proven benefits for healthy women, many still fear it, according to a new study. "Despite what we have said over the last 10 years, pregnant women are still afraid exercise is going to hurt their child," sa

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