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    1. Pregnancy-Related Diabetes, Future Heart Risk?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women who develop gestational diabetes might be at increased risk for heart disease later in life, a long-term study suggests. Gestational diabetes develops only during pregnancy and typically goes away after

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    2. U.S. Home Births Continued Steady Increase in 2012

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The percentage of U.S. women choosing to give birth at home or in a birthing center rather than a hospital has grown by 56 percent in less than a decade, according to a new government report. Although hardly the norm, o

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    3. Balanced Diet During Pregnancy May Lower Risk of Preterm Delivery

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Expectant mothers are often told to eat lots of fruits and vegetables, and a new study adds to evidence that a healthy diet is linked to a reduced risk of premature birth. Researchers analyzed data gathered from more than

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    4. Some Pregnant Women Are Overeating for Two

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight or obese pregnant women who believe they are "eating for two" are more likely to gain too much weight, a new study shows. Researchers cautioned that gaining too much weight during pregnancy could lead to

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    5. Secondhand Smoke Linked to Miscarriage Risk

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Breathing in someone else's tobacco fumes might raise a woman's odds for miscarriage, stillbirth or other complications, a new study suggests. The study found that the risk to pregnancy rises the longer women are

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    6. A Better Test for Down Syndrome?

      By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new test that examines fetal DNA from a mother's blood is more accurate at spotting chromosomal abnormalities such as Down syndrome than standard tests offered to pregnant women, a new study indicates. Scientists fo

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    7. Guidelines to Lower C-Section Rates

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two major medical groups representing America's obstetricians/gynecologists issued joint guidelines on Wednesday aimed at curbing the overuse of cesarean sections in first-time mothers. One major change: Extending the l

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    8. Preemie Birth Tied to Higher Insulin Levels in Kids

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Based on tests of newborns and young children, a new study suggests that premature babies could face a higher risk of diabetes much later in life. The findings don't confirm a connection between premature birth and diabet

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    9. Low Vitamin D, Risk for Birth Complication?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Vitamin D deficiency during the first 26 weeks of pregnancy may raise an expectant mother's risk of developing a severe form of high blood pressure called preeclampsia, a new study suggests. In what they termed one of the

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    10. Expectant Mothers' Colds May Affect Baby

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The more colds and other viral infections a woman has during pregnancy, the more likely her child is to have asthma, researchers report. The new study included 513 pregnant women in Germany and their 526 babies. The mother

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