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  1. Foods to Avoid When You're Pregnant

    When you’re expecting, what you eat and drink influences your child’s health, possibly forever.   Everyday foods and beverages take on new meaning, as some may present a danger to your developing baby. Whole and lightly processed foods, such as whole grains, lean meats, fruits and vegetables, legume

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  2. Is It Safe to Have Sex During Pregnancy?

    In every issue of WebMD the Magazine, we ask our experts to answer readers' questions about a wide range of topics. In our July-August 2011 issue, Sarah McMoyler, RN, a WebMD pregnancy expert, answered a question about sex during pregnancy. A:  Yes, it is safe to have sex unless your pregnancy is hi

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  3. Smoking in Pregnancy Raises Birth Defect Risk

    July 11, 2011 -- Babies born to moms who smoke are more likely to have certain birth defects compared to infants with mothers who don't smoke during pregnancy, a large new study shows. The study, a fresh look at 50 years of research, is the first scientific review of studies that have looked at the

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  4. Pregnant Women Don't Need Vitamin D Screening

    June 20, 2011 -- Routine screening of all pregnant women for vitamin D deficiency is not recommended, according to new guidelines issued by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Although vitamin D deficiency is considered common during pregnancy, the group says there is no

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  5. Too Much Pregnancy Weight Linked to Baby's Obesity Risk

    June 7, 2011 -- Women who put on too much weight during their pregnancy are more likely to give birth to newborns with excessive body fat, and this may set their children up for being overweight or obese as they age, a study suggests. The new findings, which were presented at the Endocrine Society's

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  6. Flu Vaccine May Reduce Premature Birth Risk

    May 31, 2011 -- Pregnant women who get a flu vaccine during flu season may be less likely to have a premature birth or deliver a baby of low birth weight. A new study shows that women who received a flu vaccine during pregnancy and delivered during the flu season were 40% less likely to have a prema

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  7. Study: Developmental Delay for Late Preterm Babies

    May 31, 2011 -- Late preterm babies born from 34 to 36 weeks of pregnancy may be at an increased risk for modest developmental and academic problems up to age 7, when compared to babies born at full term, according to a new study. Most research on the risks associated with preterm birth looks at inf

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  8. Study Gives New View of 'Full-Term' Pregnancy

    May 23, 2011 -- Babies born between 39 and 41 weeks of pregnancy fare better than infants born during weeks 37 or 38, a study shows. A term birth is considered 37 to 41 weeks, but the new study suggests it is more of a continuum. The findings appear in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Previously it was thou

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  9. Weight Gain Between Pregnancies Raises Gestational Diabetes Risk

    May 23, 2011 -- The amount of weight a woman gains or loses between a first and second pregnancy influences her risk for gestational diabetes, new research reveals. In the study, which appears in the online issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, researchers analyzed the medical records over a decade of m

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  10. Home Births on the Rise in the U.S.

    May 20, 2011 -- The number of women in the U.S. who gave birth at home rose 20% between 2004 and 2008, a new study shows. Although home births represent only a fraction of the millions of babies delivered in the U.S. each year, researchers say the bump is significant because it follows a steady, 15-

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