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  1. How Do You Want to Deliver Your Baby?

    Your baby's kicks and stretches are a daily reminder that you'll soon get to see your little one's smile. The type of birth experience you want is a very personal decision. Do you want a natural childbirth in a home-like setting? Or would you feel more comfortable with all the conveniences of modern

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  2. Are Common Chemicals Affecting Your Fertility?

    Nov. 14, 2012 -- Many couples try month after month to become pregnant, and new research suggests that for some, the delay may be related to their exposure to chemicals found in the soil, water, and food supply. These chemicals, called persistent organochlorine pollutants, may persist in the environ

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  3. Pregnant Women: Get a Whooping Cough Vaccine

    Oct. 24, 2012 -- Women should get a Tdap shot during every pregnancy to protect their infant from whooping cough, even if they have had Tdap shots before, new guidelines advise. Today's recommendation comes from the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the panel that sets U.S.

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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