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  1. Month of Conception and Odds of Premature Birth

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 8 (HealthDay News) -- What time of year a baby is conceived may raise the chances of a premature birth, new research suggests. Investigators found that children conceived during the month of May faced a 10 percent increase in risk relative compared to ba

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  2. 'Three-Parent' IVF Technique Set for Approval

    June 28, 2013 -- The U.K. could become the first country to approve a cutting-edge in vitro fertilization (IVF) technique to prevent babies from being born with certain rare, crippling genetic disorders. The technique produces embryos containing DNA from three people to help prevent serious mitochon

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  3. U.S. Women Delay Motherhood, Teen Births Historically Low: CDC

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 28 (HealthDay News) -- As American women continue to delay parenthood, rates of teenage births and births for women in their early 20s are at all-time lows, federal health officials reported Friday. U.S. women have their first baby at age 25.6 on av

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  4. C-Sections in U.S. Stable After 12-Year Rise: CDC

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 27 (HealthDay News) -- Cesarean deliveries in the United States have leveled off for the first time in 12 years, although they still account for almost one-third of live births, U.S. health officials report. "It's about time," said Dr. Mitchell Ma

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  5. Iron Supplements May Prevent Anemia During Pregnancy

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 21 (HealthDay News) -- Taking iron supplements during pregnancy reduces women's risk of anemia and is linked with an increase in birth weight and a reduced risk of low birth weight, a new analysis finds. Researchers examined more than 90 studies that

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  6. Could 'Moderate' Drinking Be Safe During Pregnancy?

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 18 (HealthDay News) -- Children of women who drink moderate amounts of alcohol while pregnant don't appear to have any neurodevelopmental problems when it comes to balance, a new British study suggests. Researchers assessed the long-term health impact o

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  7. Heavier Pregnant Women Tend to Deliver Prematurely

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 11 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight or obese women who are pregnant are more likely to give birth prematurely, and the risk of preterm delivery increases with their amount of excess weight, according to a study of more than 1.5 million deliveries in

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  8. Bowel Issues Affect 3 Out of 4 Pregnant Women

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 24 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly three out of four pregnant women experience bowel problems such as constipation and diarrhea, but these issues don't significantly affect their quality of life, a new study finds. Researchers from Loyola University

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  9. Low Prenatal Iodine May Affect Child's Brain Development

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 23 (HealthDay News) -- Mild to moderate iodine deficiency during pregnancy may have a negative long-term impact on children's brain development, British researchers report. Low levels of the so-called "trace element" in an expectant mother's diet appear

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  10. Genes May Boost Woman's Postpartum Depression Risk

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 21 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women with specific alterations in two genes may be at increased risk of suffering depression after giving birth, a small new study suggests. The researchers hope they can use the findings to develop a blood test that coul

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