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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. The Truth About Prenatal Nutrition and Fitness

    You've heard all kinds of things about what you should and shouldn't do to stay healthy and fit when you're pregnant. To separate fact from fiction, we asked our experts for their fitness and nutrition tips. As always, check with your doctor about which guidelines are right for you. Eat for one. You

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  8. Preterm Birth Rates and Infant Death Rates Drop

    July 13, 2012 -- The U.S. preterm birth rate dropped for the fourth year in a row, according to a new federal report. In 2010, 12% of infants were born before 37 weeks, down from 12.8% in 2006. Babies born too early are at higher risk for many long-term health and developmental problems. This declin

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  9. Melissa Joan Hart Talks Pregnancy and Childbirth

    Best known as Clarissa (in Clarissa Explains It All), Sabrina (in Sabrina the Teenage Witch), and Mel (in Melissa & Joey), Melissa Joan Hart is also a writer, director, and producer. Last April, she and her husband Mark Wilkerson announced they were expecting their third child. Hart talked to WebMD

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  10. H1N1 Flu Shot Appears Safe During Pregnancy

    July 10, 2012 -- New research brings reassuring news for women who received the swine flu vaccine while pregnant during the H1N1 flu pandemic of 2009. Infants born in Denmark whose moms got the H1N1 shot were no more likely to have major birth defects or to be born too early than infants whose moms

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