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    1. Exercise in Pregnancy: How Much Is Too Much?

      In the fall of 2013, pictures of 35-year-old Lea-Ann Ellison lifting a huge barbell, her 8-months-pregnant belly protruding below her sports bra, surfaced on Facebook and quickly spread across the Internet. Ellison, a former bodybuilder, gave birth to a healthy baby boy not long after the pictures w

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    2. Having Babies May Be 'Contagious' Among Old Friends

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Getting pregnant may be contagious among long-time friends -- when one woman has a baby, her former high school classmates are more likely to intentionally get pregnant within the next two years, according to new research

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    3. Can Fire Retardants Raise Risk of Children Born With Lower IQs?

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study bolsters the concerns of some scientists that hazardous levels of fire retardants in furniture and other products may harm children before they are born. A team of researchers from the University of Cincinnat

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    4. Iodine Deficiency Common in Pregnancy, Docs Warn

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many pregnant and breast-feeding women are deficient in iodine and should take a daily supplement containing iodide, according to a leading group of pediatricians. Iodine, generally obtained from iodized salt, produces th

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    5. Music Especially Stimulating During Pregnancy?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Music moves people in many ways. And it appears to cause especially strong reactions in pregnant women, a new study finds. Moms-to-be showed greater changes in blood pressure in response to music than other women and had

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    6. Placenta Might Have Its Own Helpful Bacteria

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- How newborns receive the colonies of helpful bacteria that reside in all people and make human life possible has been a mystery. A new study suggests that the placenta -- long thought a sterile environment -- actually

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    7. Mom-to-Be's TV Habits May Affect Child's Weight

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When an expectant mom regularly eats her meals in front of the TV, chances are she'll continue that habit during her baby's feedings, a new study shows. That's a concern because infants who watch mealtime TV likely become

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    8. Pregnancy Ultrasound Bonding Moment for Dads-to-Be

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Seeing the first ultrasound images of their unborn babies helps fathers bond with their children, according to a new small study. Researchers interviewed 22 expectant fathers, aged 23 to 41, in Michigan after they view

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    9. Size of Fetus May Affect Stillbirth Risk

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Fetuses that are either too small or too large are at increased risk for stillbirth, a large new study says. Researchers analyzed all the stillbirths that occurred over 2.5 years at 59 hospitals in five regions of the Un

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    10. Childbirth and Iron Deficiency in Babies

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Changing how newborns are held immediately after birth could boost the use of delayed cord clamping and potentially reduce the number of infants with iron deficiency, according to a new study. Waiting until about two mi

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