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  1. Prepregnancy Obesity Linked to Asthma in Teens

    Aug. 15, 2011 -- Children of women who are overweight or obese when they become pregnant may be more likely to have asthma by the time of adolescence, a new study shows. Researchers in Britain, Finland, and Sweden say their study suggests that being overweight during pregnancy may interfere with nor

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  2. Boy or Girl? Fetal DNA Tests Often Spot On

    Aug. 9, 2011 -- Using fetal DNA from a mother's blood to determine the unborn baby's sex is highly effective, according to a new review of the research. "After seven weeks of gestation, the accuracy of fetal sex detection is very good using maternal blood," says researcher Diana W. Bianchi, MD, a re

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  3. DHA During Pregnancy May Cut Infant Colds

    Aug. 1, 2011 -- Getting enough of an essential fatty acid during pregnancy may help prevent colds in newborns. A new study shows that women who received supplements of the fatty acid known as DHA during pregnancy had babies that had fewer colds at age 1 month. The babies also had fewer coughing epis

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  4. Strokes During Pregnancy, Childbirth on the Rise

    July 28, 2011 -- Strokes during pregnancy and after childbirth have increased at what one CDC researcher calls an alarming rate. Elena V. Kuklina, MD, PhD, a CDC epidemiologist, and colleagues compared stroke rates during pregnancy, during childbirth, and after childbirth. They used a national datab

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  5. Stress in Pregnancy May Make Kids Vulnerable to Stress

    July 19, 2011 -- Children born to mothers who are highly stressed during pregnancy exhibit genetic changes that may make them more vulnerable to stress themselves, new research finds. The study found that children and teens whose mothers had been victims of domestic violence during pregnancy had alt

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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