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  1. Can You Take Antidepressants While Pregnant?

    June 12, 2015 -- If you're pregnant (or are trying to be) and you have depression, you might wonder if it's safe to take medicine to boost your mood. Will antidepressants harm your baby? Spend a day online and the ping-pong reports of their safety during pregnancy could make your head spin. The issu

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  2. IUD for New Mothers Reduces Unintended Pregnancies

    June 9, 2015 -- Giving new mothers an intrauterine device (IUD) at childbirth can help reduce unintended pregnancies, a new study says. Typically, new mothers are told to wait six weeks before they see their doctor about birth control, but half have resumed having sex by then, according to The New Y

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  3. New Moms Gain No Benefit From Eating Placenta

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- While some celebrity moms swear by it and have made it trendy, doctors and scientists say consuming the placenta after birth offers women and their babies no benefit. In fact, the practice -- known as placentophagy -- may

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  4. More Evidence C-Sections Riskier for Moms

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women who deliver their first baby by cesarean section are more likely to need blood transfusions and be admitted to intensive care units than women who opt for a vaginal delivery, U.S. health officials reported Wednes

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  5. Does Mom's Cell Phone Startle the Fetus?

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The sounds emitted by cellphones carried by pregnant women may rattle the sleep-and-wake cycles of their fetuses, new research suggests. The finding is based on a small study that tracked fetal reactions to repetitive cellph

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  6. Unsupervised Home Births on the Rise: Study

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Home births without a midwife or doctor present -- which have been linked to increased risk of infant death and disease -- have jumped 79 percent in the United States in recent years, researchers report. The actual number

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  7. Many Pregnant Women Think E-Cigs 'Safer'

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More than 40 percent of pregnant women surveyed think electronic cigarettes are less harmful than tobacco cigarettes, according to a new study. What's more, only 57 percent of the women believed that e-cigarettes cont

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  8. Painkillers in Pregnancy Common, Harmful to Baby

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Use of prescription narcotic painkillers is common in pregnancy and increases the likelihood a baby will be born small or early, or go through painful drug withdrawal, a new study finds. These prescription painkillers, also

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  9. Test for Down Syndrome Called 'Major Advance'

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A DNA-based blood test appears to be more effective in detecting possible Down syndrome in unborn children than other screening methods for the genetic disorder, researchers say. The test exhibited perfect accuracy in

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  10. Gestational Diabetes Drug and Complication Risk

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When used to treat diabetes that develops during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), the drug glyburide has been linked to a number of complications in the baby, according to a new study. In fact, infants born to mothers

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