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  1. One Baby per Hour Born Drug Dependent

    April 30, 2012 -- The number of U.S. babies born dependent on drugs nearly tripled between 2000 and 2009, researchers reported today. Drug dependence occurs when a person develops a physical dependence on a drug, leading to withdrawal symptoms if the drug is abruptly stopped. Newborns can be drug de

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  2. Prenatal Pesticide Exposure May Harm Kids' Brains

    April 30, 2012 -- Prenatal exposure to a pesticide used on many crops may be linked with abnormal changes in a child's developing brain, scientists report. Compared to children with low prenatal exposure, those with high exposure to the pesticide chlorpyrifos had abnormalities in the cortex (the out

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  3. Children Born to Unmarried Couples on the Rise

    April 12, 2012 -- Over the last decade, while many fertility trends have remained stable in the U.S., one definitely has not: the number of first births among unmarried couples who were living together. Among women ages 15 to 44, that figure has risen from 12% of first births in 2002 to 22% between

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  4. Women Have Longer Labors Now

    March 30, 2012 -- Women giving birth can expect to have longer labors than women did 50 years ago, according to a new analysis by National Institutes of Health researchers. For first-time mothers, the first stage of labor has increased by 2.6 hours, says Katherine Laughon, MD, a researcher at the Eu

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  5. Trying to Get Pregnant? Moderate Exercise May Help

    March 15, 2012 -- If you’re trying to get pregnant, adding a brisk walk to your daily routine may help -- but you may want to hold off training for that marathon. Moderate physical activity was found to benefit women of all body types in a new study examining the impact of exercise on fertility, whi

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  6. Are Repeat C-Sections Safer Than Natural Birth?

    March 13, 2012 -- Planned repeat cesarean section is linked to healthier outcomes among mothers and babies compared to vaginal birth after cesarean, or VBAC, in a new study from Australia. Death and serious health issues associated with either delivery method were rare. But women in the study who ha

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  7. Pregnancy-Proofing Your Beauty Regimen

    Everyone knows you shouldn't smoke or drink when you're pregnant. And if you didn't know it, the product labels tell you. It's a lot less clear, though, which beauty products may not be safe for pregnant women. "Any material placed on the skin has the potential to be absorbed into the bloodstream an

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  8. 7 Most Embarrassing Pregnancy Symptoms

    Pregnancy changes your life -- and your body. You knew that your belly would expand, you'd feel more tired than usual, and you might throw up a few times as your pregnancy progressed. But you may not have expected some of the other physical changes. Ob-gyn Michele M. Hakakha, MD, author of Expecting

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  9. Diabetes, High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy Increase Middle-Age Heart Risk

    Feb. 21, 2012 -- When a woman has high blood pressure or high blood sugar levels during pregnancy, this may help predict her chances of developing heart disease perhaps as early as middle age, a new study suggests. British researchers were hoping to understand why women who have certain common pregn

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  10. Low Vitamin D in Pregnancy Linked to Language Problems in Children

    Feb. 13, 2012 -- Women who have low levels of vitamin D in their blood during pregnancy increase their odds of having a child with language problems. A new study from Australia suggests that white women who had the lowest stores of vitamin D during their second trimester were nearly twice as likely

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