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    1. Blood Test May Help Prevent Certain Birth Defects

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A simple blood test could help prevent neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida, new research finds. The test would measure the concentration of folate (a form of vitamin B) in a pregnant women's red blood c

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    2. Rhymes Reveal Evidence of Learning in the Womb

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Babies seem to learn even before they're born, a new study suggests. By the time women are 34 weeks pregnant, their unborn babies can respond to the sound of their mother's voice reciting a familiar nursery rhyme,

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    3. Blood Thinner Doesn’t Prevent Miscarriages: Study

      July 25, 2014 -- Injected blood thinners don’t prevent pregnancy complications in women who may be prone to blood clots, a new study shows. Women who have had miscarriages are often given blood tests to check for genetic problems that may lead to blood clots. These inherited clotting problems affect

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    4. Obesity During Pregnancy and Asthma Risk in Kids

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women who are obese during pregnancy may be more likely to have children with asthma than normal-weight mothers, a new review suggests. "We found that, compared with children born from mothers of normal weight, those wh

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    5. Is Nesting Real?

      At some point during the third trimester of pregnancy (and possibly sooner), many women have strange new urges. They clean and organize, throw out, and stock up in a frenzy. When Sandy McCauley was pregnant for the first time, she went on an all-out cleaning spree. "I took every article of clothing

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    6. Smoking While Pregnant Linked to ADHD in Children

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children born to women who smoked during pregnancy appear to have an increased risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to new research. The new study also hints -- but doesn't prove --

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    7. Pregnancy Weight Gain Guidelines Explained

      A nutrition expert explains what you need to know about the latest guidelines on pregnancy weight gain.

    8. Pregnant Workers Get More Protection Under New U.S. Guidelines

      July 16, 2014 -- New guidelines to protect pregnant employees from workplace discrimination have been issued by the U.S. government's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The first updated guidelines in 30 years say that any form of workplace discrimination or harassment against pregnant

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    9. Exercising Moms-to-Be May Have Less-Chubby Babies

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Babies born to mothers who exercise in late pregnancy may enter the world with a little less body fat, a new study finds. Researchers said that could be a good thing, since extra fat at birth could continue into childhood a

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    10. When Men Get Postpartum Depression

      Mothers are not the only ones at risk of depression when the baby arrives. Postpartum depression strikes a lot of dads as well. A 2010 study found that 1 in 10 men gets depression either shortly before or after the arrival of a newborn. That's only slightly lower than the rate among women. And resea

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